Grand Exit (1935)

 |  Mystery  |  25 October 1935 (USA)
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A dashing insurance company investigator tries to catch an arsonist before he...or she...can strike again.



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Complete credited cast:
Thomas Ignatius 'Tom' Fletcher
Adrienne Martin / Adeline Maxwell
Onslow Stevens ...
John Grayson
Robert Middlemass ...
Fire Chief Mulligan
Wyrley Birch ...
District Attorney Cope
Guy Usher ...
Police Chief Roberts
Miki Morita ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alma Chester ...
Janitor's Wife (scenes deleted)
Stuart Holmes ...
Baldheaded Doorman (scenes deleted)
Mike Lally ...
Taxi Driver (scenes deleted)
George Lloyd ...
Mugg (scenes deleted)
Louis Natheaux ...
Headwaiter (scenes deleted)


A dashing insurance company investigator tries to catch an arsonist before he...or she...can strike again.

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Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran final  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Robert Osborne, the script was submitted to the Production Code office for review in 1934 and it was rejected on the grounds that the film could teach people how to commit arson. The studio turned for help to an insurance company and the Los Angeles fire department. Both wrote letters to the Code office challenging the ruling. In a rare instance for the day, their decision was reversed. See more »

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27 July 2007 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

I love mysteries set in the 30s because the form was so new, invention was rampant.

And right after the code started being enforced, a good part of that invention was in how to portray sexuality (in women) indirectly.

In this case, its the heat of fire, transposed with the presence of Ann Sothern, a redhead turned blond for her entire career. Our detective is a profound womanizer, natch. In addition to his extremely high fee, he demands a pretty secretary and a running joke is that his clients send him first a sexpot, then a pretty woman who is dumber than the comic norm, then a battleax.

Anyway, the mystery grinds on with a clever arsonist and some gimmicks. The title doesn't have much to do with the story, I'm afraid. And other than the mild idea of sex and fire (and both against "insurance"), its pretty mundane. The building fires are real and pretty impressive.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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