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Penthouse (1933)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 8 September 1933 (USA)
A lawyer's fiancée leaves him after he defends a racketeer accused of murder, but she needs his help when her new beau is accused of killing an old flame.

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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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Crime | Mystery | Romance

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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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Don't Blame Me
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Played at the Country Club
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An unknown movie that deserves rediscovery
14 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

An honest lawyer (Warner Baxter) is in a jam. A friend of his ex (Phillips Holmes) was been wrongfully accused of murder...but nobody will trust him or confide in him because of his reputation. But a friend (Myrna Loy) of the murdered girl agrees to help him. There's a lot more twists and turns in this movie but you should see it to find them out.

The movie movie moves like lightning, has a sharp, snappy script and a cast of actors giving it their all. There's also pretty frank sexual innuendo between Baxter and Loy (I'm assuming this was a pre-Code film). Well worth seeing.

For some reason this is a forgotten movie. It's a shame because this is really a great little picture. Maybe the lack of stars (except for Loy) keeps this off the radar. This is well worth rediscovering.


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