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The Perfect Clue (1935)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  13 March 1935 (USA)
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Mona Stewart, madcap, spoiled daughter of a wealthy man, becomes upset when she learns that her father is engaged to a woman she hates. She runs away, via various modes of transportation, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
David Manners ...
David Mannering
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Ronnie Van Zandt (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
Dorothy Libaire ...
Mona Stewart
Ursula Chesebrough
William P. Carleton ...
Jerome Stewart
Ralf Harolde ...
Sid Barkley
Ernie Adams ...
Butch Carter
Robert Gleckler ...
Frank Darien ...
Charles C. Wilson ...
District Attorney
Jack Richardson ...
Pat O'Malley ...
Police Officer


Mona Stewart, madcap, spoiled daughter of a wealthy man, becomes upset when she learns that her father is engaged to a woman she hates. She runs away, via various modes of transportation, and hires an ex-con, David Mannering, to drive her around as she eludes the all-out search conducted by her father and her fiancée, Ronnie Van Zandt. A romance is blossoming until her chauffeur is arrested for the murder of a crime-syndicate boss. Written by Les Adams <>

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SOLVED!...Solved by a trick of Fate. Yet these two lovers were standing at the very door of death!


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13 March 1935 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Good actress in quirky story.
11 July 2009 | by (L.A.) – See all my reviews

Synopsis: He couldn't rob a woman, so I married him.

Mona (Dorothy Libaire) is mighty frustrated about Dad's (William P. Carleton) upcoming nuptials. So she and family friend, Ronnie (Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher) devise a plan to get back at Dad that includes Mona marrying for spite. Are you game? she asks.

Father is not dismayed or deterred from his plans. On board a train for Buffalo, Mona receives his telegram telling her he will meet them in Niagara Falls! So Mona prematurely leaves the train at a whistle stop. She hires David (David Manners) to drive her to Albany where she hopes to catch another train back to New York. But for the balance of the film, Mona is detoured which means she eludes Dad and has time to show David that she is a socialite with a nurturing side.

On the rugged road to Albany, driver David attempts to rob her jewelry: "Do I have to take 'em from ya?" This is a bit of a funny sight because David Manners is so clean cut looking, especially in that beret type of hat he wears. Mona doesn't scare easy. She gives him her valuables and asks, "What am I supposed to do, wait here for a streetcar?"

He drives off, and she walks along apparently spraining her ankle. Then a car drives up. Well, what do you know? It's the same guy, David. He's back. "I couldn't rob a woman."

This time, he resolutely agrees to drive her. She has no qualms about taking off with him again. She just needs a little help with her ankle. He finds her spoiled and selfish. She can't roll her own cigarettes, so he calls her Scatter brain. They have to sleep in the car because it's stuck in the mud. She says, "Good night, Jesse James."

David confides that he spent a year in Sing Sing after being set up for a crime he didn't commit at the bank he worked for. Who would give an ex-con a job, he asks? Mona would be glad to hire a convict. She asks him to drive her around for $25 a day until she's ready to go back home. Tough guy David says he'll drive her around until her ankle is better.

It turns out Dorothy's ankle is fine. David accuses Mona of using him for a thrill. But Mona sticks around to look after David. She doesn't want him accepting any crooked job offers.

There's another big scrape to come, and David will find out what a true friend he has found in Mona. The Perfect Clue is worthwhile because of the quirky way that Mona and David's friendship is formed and because the film allows Mona to be strong and determined rather than scared. She affects events as much as the world affects her.

The film avoids the melodramatic and keeps a light touch even when David is overcome with trouble. Skeets Gallagher's way with a humorous line is used to good effect. He stands up for goldfish ("They can't organize. They have no home life.") and declares alcohol the ultimate meal.

Why didn't Dorothy Libaire have more movies? She makes a spirited heroine.

Recommended. I dig that short excerpt of bluesy music on the Alpha Home Entertainment DVD that introduces the film.

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