As California gubernatorial candidate Burton is about to cast his vote a truck crashes into the polling booth, critically injuring him and his opponent. A flashback traces his career from ... See full summary »
As California gubernatorial candidate Burton is about to cast his vote a truck crashes into the polling booth, critically injuring him and his opponent. A flashback traces his career from unemployed veteran to dockworker to lawyer. A side thread traces his tortured relationship with his wife Written by
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The rise and fall of a political wanna-be (Ben Lyon) is dramatized in this little scene drama which is told through flashback, showing how he went from dock worker to attorney to candidate for governor, not always influenced in the right way and how it affected his marriage to the pretty Helen Twelvetrees. Rod La Rocque, Russell Hopton, James Burke and Henry Kolker are among the variously honest or crooked men who help him rise to the top of the state, and the always amusing Barbara Pepper adds some spark. Twelvetrees is the long-suffering wife who suddenly wises up and leaves him, but not without providing some influence from behind the scenes in the hopes that he will wise up. This is an enjoyable, if sometimes slow-moving look at political life which has been done much better, but one that audiences can find some enjoyment in if they can get through the slow moving points of the story.
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