This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »
Film Given a Boost By Performances of Murray and Blane!!
Very sad to think that James Murray, once described by King Vidor in 1928 as the most talented natural actor he had seen, by 1932 could look back on a career that, apart from "The Crowd" (1928), really never was
all due to alcohol. Also sad is that in a lot of his later roles he
usually played characters that had hit the skids but unfortunately in real life there was no one to help him up. Apparently Murray was a pretty belligerent drunk so he probably wouldn't have listened anyway. Poor Sally Blane was the actress who played opposite him in this intelligent drama that was helped enormously by the performances of Murray and Blane. Blane was the elder sister of Loretta Young, gorgeous herself but she couldn't compete with Loretta's dazzling prettiness.
Judy is fed up with a life of petty crime and is constantly imploring her boyfriend Terry to go straight. Terry is not convinced and feels he owes his mentor "Doc", an influential "Mr. Big", one last job to see if he can hit the big time. Of course the robbery is botched and Terry and Judy find themselves hiding out in a small town. They are tracked down by "Doc" who gives the appearance that he wants to help in their rehabilitation, even securing a job for Judy as a governess with a wealthy family but his real motive is finding access to the safe and hoping to use Terry as the fall guy.
Even though short on action, the film tries to show things from a different perspective, that of Judy as she tries to show Terry a better way of living. Tom Jackson, of course a police chief, has positioned himself in a darkened room. He and Bob (Bryant Washburn) have set up the robbery hoping to catch the slippery trio in the act but the conversation surprises even him and makes him realise there is only one bad apple in the bunch.
Even though IMDb doesn't have "The Reckoning" as one of J.H. Hoffberg's credits, he is credited as the presenter in the copy I have.
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