In this brutal prison drama a hen-pecked husband is sentenced to prison after getting caught with his hand in the company till. He is sent to a high-rise facility in LA. It seems the fellow... See full summary »
Al Roberts writes a gossip column for the Daily Express. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets into a little difficulty with a hood named Goebel who... See full summary »
The funniest picture ever made. Imagine a celebrated author of murder stories captured by real outlaws...given 24 hours to think up a perfect crime for them to commit. (Print Ad- Register-Herald, ((Pine Plains, NY)) 23 February 1933)
After Wally tells Slim about the $10,000 and Slim is walking into the adjoining room whistling, the mic shadow is clearly visible on the upper left hand side of the frame. See more »
Toby Van Buren:
Now come on Wally, get going. Here's everything: paper and pencils, and even rubbers.
Darling, do you think that all I have to do is to sit down there and it comes right off the end of the pencil?
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... because he makes all of the difference in the outcome and in the delivery. Ernest Truex as the mystery writer kidnapped by gangsters to come up with the perfect murder is just not funny, and furthermore there is nothing about him that makes me believe that his sweetheart, played by feisty Una Merkel would be interested in him romantically. His milquetoast demeanor, his nondescript delivery, it all just makes me think of MGM cartoon character Droopy who somehow always gets the girl. What carries this thing is Una Merkel, probably one of the most underrated actresses of all time, the rather ingenious story even if it does have a couple of rather ridiculous plot devices, and the best cast of gangsters ever assembled by MGM, a studio that was normally not known for its gangster films. Edward Arnold as the head gangster is perfection - here is a guy who can play tough bad guys or tough good guys effectively, also underrated and unfairly forgotten by film history.
It's a shame Skelton wasn't ten years older or Merkel wasn't ten years younger, because in the remake, they would have made a dynamite couple and made the 1941 version so funny and effective it could have given those in delicate health a coronary. This version is mildly recommended for the plot and the supporting players.
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