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Penthouse (1933)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 8 September 1933 (USA)
Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant's defense of mobsters ... See full summary »

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Sue Leonard
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Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant's defense of mobsters causes his firm to disown him and his girlfriend Sue to leave him. But when young Tom Siddall, Sue's new boyfriend, is framed for a murder, she is the first to come asking for Durant's help. Durant uses Gazotti's information network and the help of new girlfriend Gertie Waxted to find that rival gangster Jim Crelliman is involved in the framing of Siddall. When Durant sends Gertie to Crelliman's apartment in a bid to blow open the case, she is walking on thin ice. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Asesinato en la terraza  »

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The $200,000 "retainer" Crelliman offers Durant would be worth around $3,650,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Gertie stands looking out Durant's apartment window, her left arm is up with her hand on her head but, when the shot changes to see her from the front, her arm is down and her hand is resting against the window frame. See more »

Quotes

Gertie Waxted: Well, I'll take a chance and stick with you.
Jackson 'Jack' Durant: You're a peach.
Gertie Waxted: [Seductively] Am I?
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The title card for "Penthouse" announces that the film is presented by "Metro-Golwyn-Mayer". See more »


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Stay On the Right Side, Sister
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Music by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by three chorus girls when Mimi Montagne entered Jim Crellima's nightclub.
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Gertie Waxted???....What were they thinking???...
29 March 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Charming MYRNA LOY plays a call girl who helps WARNER BAXTER get to the bottom of a mystery involving slain "night-club hostess" MAE CLARKE and PHILLIP HOLMES, the man wrongly accused of murdering her.

The plot is a pleasant fabrication and obviously in pre-code, tongue-in-cheek manner, as for example when Myrna says to Baxter: "Well, I didn't exactly have to fight for my honor last night," the day after spending a night in his fancy suite. Baxter enlists her aid in solving the mystery since she's likely to come up with some facts about Clarke's background that will be helpful to him.

She's given the improbable character name of Gertie Waxted--hardly the sort of name one would give a "call girl" character--and frankly, Loy is much to sweetly sophisticated to play the part convincingly enough. She's obviously several steps above the kind of girl she's playing.

Baxter fares better as the criminal lawyer whose favorite client happens to be NAT PENDLETON, a man who knows more than he's willing to tell about the whole scheme behind Clarke's murder.

It's a silky smooth production--and typical of early '30s melodramas, there's not a trace of background music on the soundtrack--just over the opening and closing credits. Too bad, because this would have helped make the tale a bit more suspenseful.

For fans of MYRNA LOY, this should be required viewing. She's even more attractive here than she was in the Thin Man films. As for WARNER BAXTER, I never could see what Hollywood saw in him as leading man material. He seems to lack the charisma of a true star.


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