The big national crime syndicate has moved into town, partnering up with local crime boss Nick Scanlon. There are only two problems: First, Nick is the violent type, preferring to do things... See full summary »
During courtroom drama, philandering California stockbroker Larry Ballentine, on trial for murdering his wife and girlfriend, takes the stand to explain one death as suicide and the other as an accident.
At the wedding of Albert and Anna, Karl, the new chauffeur, arrives. Albert is the head butler, second generation to the Baron. Karl soon seems out of place as a servant, and Albert tells him so. But Karl is a cad. Whenever he gets the chance, he will try to seduce Anna, who is not wise in the ways of the world. He lies without question if it is to his advantage and charms money out of Sophie, the old cook. He disrupts the household and then blackmails the Baroness to keep from being sacked. Written by
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This is true pre-code. Great acting by John Gilbert, he plays the character believably, not over the top, either. I saw this film only once about 8 years ago, and I never forgot its name or the desire to have it either on tape or on DVD. This was before actors played against type and got away with it. Mr. Gilbert did this in this movie and did it greatly, it's a shame the movie did not fare well with the audience of its time. They missed out on a gem. Thank the Lord there's TCM to bring such types of movies to the viewing area, at least, until they do become available for purchase. If you get the chance to see this, it won't be a waste of your time.
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