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Cross Country Cruise (1934)

Passed  -  Adventure | Comedy | Drama  -  15 January 1934 (USA)
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Story of several passengers, including an escaped killer, on a cross-country bus trip.

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Norman Winthrop
June Knight ...
Sue Fleming
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Alan Dinehart ...
Steve Borden
Minna Gombell ...
Nita Borden
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Willy Bronson
Robert McWade ...
The Grouch
Henry Armetta ...
The Italian
Arthur Vinton ...
Murphy
Craig Reynolds ...
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Jimmy Conlin ...
Sid (as James Conlin)
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A varied assortment of people are on a cross-country bus trip - salesman, school-teacher, runaway, a singer, and several nationalities---and they all have a story, except one. He has a story, also, but isn't talking about it. The wife-killer isn't much fun. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A GREAT SCREEN NOVELTY - THRILLING MELODRAMA ABOARD AN OVERLAND BUS!


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15 January 1934 (USA)  »

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Alan Dinehart Doing What He Does Best!!!
8 March 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

"It Happened One Night" suddenly made bus trips popular at the cinema. "Cross Country Cruise" was made in the middle of Alice White's comeback. She had been one of Warner's brightest musical stars of the early talkies but by 1931 after a very small part in "Murder at Midnight" she was off the screen until 1933. Of course a sensational sex scandal didn't help and when she returned she slipped into the "dizzy dame" type of role and really excelled. She is definitely one of the high lights of this movie as the flirty blonde who is determined to get to California and doesn't care who she has to romance to get there.

After getting off to a snappy start - Sue's (June Knight) "unmentionables" fall out of her bag and into Norman Winthrop's (Lew Ayres) car. Being a wealthy playboy (who is on his way to a logging camp where his father is determined to make a man of him) - he thinks nothing of following Sue on a cross country bus trip. For a while the movie bogs down, Lew Ayres is his usual breezy self but somehow June Knight fails to convince as a girl to be followed across America. Knight had been a bubbly blonde who attracted attention on Broadway in "Hot Cha" but her personality didn't transfer to the movies and today she is not remembered.

There is the usual assortment of passengers - but once Alan Dinehart and Minna Gombell appear as a pair of married con artists things pick up. They have a "bible racket" going - looking up death notices in the paper, then trying to convince grief stricken relatives that the deceased had ordered a bible - Peter Bogdanavitch used the same plot line in "Paper Moon". Before this Steve (Dinehart) had been romancing Sue (neglecting to mention his wife, Nita), however when Sue finds out (from Nita - who else, in a quite brazen conversation on the bus) she does not want anything to do with him anymore.

To break the monotony and further the narrative, there are stops along the way - one at Niagara Falls, another at a county fair. On one of these stopovers, at a department store, Steve has it out with his wife and the results are not pleasant!!! Once back on the bus (his wife's absence is explained away as visiting relatives) Steve proceeds to make Sue's name mud to Norman as he tells him all about their "past". Next stop is a desert court house and Alan Dinehart has done what he does best - been a complete swine, committed an awful crime and then gleefully left clues so another, blameless person will be accused!!! But because Norman is from a wealthy logging family he is allowed to take over the court and solve the crime in his own nifty way!!!

The three stars who make it worth watching are Allan Dinehart, Minna Gombel, who fortunately has a couple of emotional scenes where she can really let fly, and, of course, Alice White. Lew Ayres, at this time, was entrenched in his "nice boy" programmer phase. He later said that he felt he coasted on his pleasant personality and should have fought for stronger roles.

Highly Recommended.


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