Over the objections of her father (Henry B. Wathall) Doris Maynard (Barbara Kent) elopes with family chauffeur Dan Simmons (Eddie Phillips). Simmons pawns her jewels, forges her father's ... See full summary »



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Doris Maynard / Simmons / Thorne
Mr. Maynard - Doris' Father
Eddie Phillips ...
Dan Simmons


Over the objections of her father (Henry B. Wathall) Doris Maynard (Barbara Kent) elopes with family chauffeur Dan Simmons (Eddie Phillips). Simmons pawns her jewels, forges her father's name on a bank note and leaves Doris a note to go home and let her father support her. A year or two later, Doris meets and falls in love with and marries Donald Thorne (Monte Blue), a crusading district attorney. Her father advises her to let the past remain buried and unrevealed. A campaign for re-election is on and Thorne has the machine organization in despair. Denman (Dewey Robinson), the machine head, is desperate and gets hold of Manners (William V. Mong), a former butler in Thorne's home who had been fired by Doris for petty theft. Manners agrees to plant some manufactured evidence in Thorne's home to discredit him. Manners, with Thorne out of town and the servants off, has no problem entering the Thorne residence. Neither does Simmons who breaks in upstairs with intentions of blackmailing ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Is The Past Dead?


Crime | Mystery | Romance





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1 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Three incomplete nitrate prints of this film survive (put together to create complete film) in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and none are listed for preservation. See more »

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It's Eddie Phillips - So You Know Barbara Kent Is In For Plenty of Grief!!!
6 June 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

As soon as Eddie Phillips pops up in the cast, you've got your villain

  • and, horror of horrors, the very first scene has him marrying sweet

Doris Maynard (Barbara Kent), his employer's daughter who is also an heiress!! He plays Dan Simmons, the family chauffeur and Doris's dad (Henry B. Walthall) who is already irritated that he is monopolizing Doris's time, is hopping mad!!! It's "never darken my door again" after Dan refuses to be bought off, although his expression indicates that if given more time he could be!!

Three months on and cracks are beginning to show - Doris doesn't like him saying "us guys", thinks his choice of ties are too loud and the constant stream of poker parties force her out of the apartment most nights. He is a compulsive gambler but one who doesn't win and has resorted to marked cards, an act that has left him a marked man as far as his cronies are concerned. Pawning his wife's jewelery as well as forging her father's signature at the bank is the last straw for Doris who returns home a sadder but wiser girl.

On a cruise with her father she meets promising D.A. Donald Thorne (I ask you, Monte Blue is described as a young fellow!!). In the meantime it has been reported that Dan has been killed in a car crash but you just know that it isn't going to be plain sailing and of course, on the eve of her new husband's re-election, husband No. 1 pays a visit and threatens to expose her unless she gives him money - and lots of it!! Also in the house is Manners, the sacked butler who has returned to plant incriminating letters to muddy Thorne's "clean skin" image but hears enough of the conversation to know he is in the midst of a first class scandal!! Simmons is later found dead - and by Thorne's own gun and suddenly Doris is arrested for murder, after all only she and David knew of the secret compartment in the desk that held the gun - right??

An okay movie - nice to see Barbara Kent looking lovely and still going strong even if it was only at Mayfair, home of the problem picture ("Her Resale Value", "Sister to Judas" etc).

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