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City Park (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 May 1934 (USA)
The old men meet a young girl, broke, hungry and discouraged, in the park. Colonel Henry Randolph Ransome (Henry B. Walthall) bluffs his way into obtaining enough money to support the ... See full summary »

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Raymond Ransome
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The old men meet a young girl, broke, hungry and discouraged, in the park. Colonel Henry Randolph Ransome (Henry B. Walthall) bluffs his way into obtaining enough money to support the welfare of the girl,Rose Wentworth (Sally Blane), and his two cronies. He sends for the girl's former sweetheart, who turns out to be a crook. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film received its first telecast Sunday 18 February 1940 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. In the post-WWII era, its earliest documented West Coast telecasts took place in San Francisco Friday 15 August 1952 on KRON (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Thursday 19 November 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Henry B. Walthall Saves Sally Blaine from A Police Record
3 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pretty Sally Blaine has been locked out of her apartment by the mean old landlady. Will she have to get arrested for solicitation to get a warm bed, or will three nice old derelicts (led by Henry B. Walthall) in CITY PARK save her from a jail record and who knows what else?

Henry B. Walthall was a gift to low budget movie makers in the early thirties, enlivening countless cheapo flicks with excellent, rather sad performances of people who have, for one reason or another, seemed to have passed their prime. In this one, Walthall seems to be channeling George Arliss, as his hero is not just well-meaning, but effective and determined to bring together a pair of young lovers by the end of the movie.

The dramatic tension is caused by a couple of things. One of them is Walthall's good natured, tactically clever, but utterly mistaken intervention in Sally Baline's love life. The other is the mystery of who exactly Walthall is. Both these little mysteries, and Walthall's strong performance, keep this from being a dreary piece of sentimental ickyness.

This is pre-code, but there is not much girls in undress or rampant immorality. However, there is no attempt to conceal that the prostitute with the heart of gold really is a prostitute, and isn't giving up the profession. (This becomes a plot point and the end of the show.)

Like most Bs produced by Chesterfield in the early 30s, this isn't brilliant, but is worth seeing.


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