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Two young jewel thieves, Tommy and Gordon, stash their jewels on slightly dotty Aunt Martha to avoid the cops. They dupe her into helping them fence the goods. She moves in with the boys, and learns about their criminal activities. She helps reform Tommy, who is falling in love with local girl Judy. When Tommy agrees to one last job, it's up to Aunt Martha to get him out of trouble and save his burgeoning love affair with Judy. Written by
A city's busy "Bureau of Missing Persons" receives word that someone's gray-haired old aunt has disappeared. In reality, elderly Henrietta Crosman (as Martha Abbott) left home because her ungrateful relatives decided to sell the house. On her way to the YWCA, Ms. Crossman stops to rest on a park bench. Meanwhile, boyish thief Richard Cromwell (as Tommy) has just participated in a burglary. Pursued by the police, Mr. Cromwell joins Crosman and stashes some stolen jewels in her coat pocket. The police search Cromwell, but not Crosman. Cromwell and gang leader Arthur Hohl (as Gordon) invite Crosman to Mr. Hohl's "Gordon Inc Antiques" shop, which is really a front for crime...
Cromwell as the charming but disagreeable "kid" and Crosman as the eccentric but wise "old lady" are wonderful in this film. Their scenes together are so natural and nicely played, they seem "connected" even when they are not sharing the screen. The producer/director duo Sid and Albert Rogell (brothers) were wise and/or lucky to sign them. Film editing by John Rawlins is outstanding; a "jack of all trades," Mr. Rawlins was a regular part of the Rogell team. Added to the mix, photographer Joseph August does an extraordinary job with locations and lighting. While his camera refuses to pause while passing from one room to another, it's only part of the art. This sentimental story is a visual treat.
******** Among the Missing (1934-09-25) Albert Rogell ~ Richard Cromwell, Henrietta Crosman, Billie Seward, Arthur Hohl
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