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Framed (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 16 March 1930 (USA)
Woman swears revenge against an Inspector who was responsible for her father's death.



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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy McArthur
William Holden ...
Inspector 'Butch' McArthur
Maurice Black ...
Bing Murdock
Robert Emmett O'Connor ...
Sergeant Schultze
Eddie Kane ...


Rose Manning, the daughter of a racketeer who has just been killed, along with a policeman, in a shoot-out is undergoing a hard third-degree grilling from Police Inspector "Butch" McArthur, and she leaves with a desire for revenge against McArthur. Five years later she is a hostess in a nightclub, and still surrounded by gangsters. She falls hard for a young man named Jimmy, and does not realize he is the son of the man she hates. When she learns who he is, the question of whether or not to take her revenge or let love take over. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama






Release Date:

16 March 1930 (USA)  »

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A Outra  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Joel McCrea appears @ 0:07, in the waiter's dressing room at the Casino Club, engaging in a bit of dialogue with Frank Mills. Soon afterwards, he would work again under the direction of George Archainbaud, freshly promoted to leading man status, once again opposite Evelyn Brent, in The Silver Horde (1930). See more »

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A Picture for Evelyn Brent
24 October 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Brutishly interrogated by seven bullying detectives, beautiful Evelyn Brent (as Rose Manning) claims she knows nothing about a recent cop killing. Informed her racketeering father was also shot to death during the incident, Ms. Brent vows revenge against police inspector William Holden (as "Butch" McArthur) and the other "coppers" responsible. Five years later, Brent runs a nightclub casino popular with underworld types. Brent attracts many men, ranging from manicured bootlegger Ralf Harolde (as Chuck Gaines) to innocent youngish Regis Toomey (as Jimmy). The latter man has a secret which tests Brent's resolve...

This run-of-the-mill melodrama is enjoyably for the dramatics and great beauty provided by Brent. She proved to be as good in "all-talking" pictures as she was in "silent" movies, but the parts she received were getting worse. Her "Framed" role calls for obvious melodramatics, but Brent manages to get in some subtle moments. William Holden is not the 1950s super-star. Having a lot of fun with their characters are villainous Mr. Harolde and henchman Maurice Black (as "Bing" Murdock). The former keeps his fingernails clean; the latter helps Brent and director George Archainbaud make the apartment confrontation a highlight.

***** Framed (3/16/30) George Archainbaud ~ Evelyn Brent, Regis Toomey, Ralf Harolde, William Holden

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