Whipsaw (1935)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  18 December 1935 (USA)
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Hoping to nab a gang of jewel thieves, a government agent pretends to be a crook and travels across country with a lady thief.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivian Palmer
Ross McBride
Harvey Stephens ...
Ed Dexter
William Harrigan ...
'Doc' Evans
Clay Clement ...
Harry Ames
Robert Gleckler ...
Steve Arnold
Robert Warwick ...
Georges Renavent ...
Monetta (as George Renevent)
Paul Stanton ...
Chief Hughes
Wade Boteler ...
Don Rowan ...
Irene Franklin ...
Mme. Marie
Lillian Leighton ...
Aunt Jane
J. Anthony Hughes ...


Vivian, Ed and Harry steal jewels in Paris. In New York government agent McBride accompanies Vivian riding across the country with the loot. She falls in love with him and gives up crime; he finds the stash and arrests her. Rival crooks Doc and Steve, who had already stolen the stolen jewels once, attempt to take them once again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Here She is at Last!...Laughing, Loving, Wise-Cracking Again as She Kisses a Stranger and Romps Away on the Merriest, Maddest Romantic Adventure You've Ever Seen!


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Release Date:

18 December 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Unexpected Bride  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MGM executive E.J. Mannix chastised cinematographer James Wong Howe for filming Myrna Loy with mussy hair when she awakens at John Qualen's house, since MGM spent millions glamorizing their star. The scene is in the Turner library print. See more »


Harry Ames: Those birds are walking murder.
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Referenced in Sanford and Son: Whiplash (1972) See more »

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Star Power Can't Overcome Contrived Plot
11 January 2001 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

There are some good scenes but in general there's a forced contrivance to the playing, and the action scenes are amateurish. The plot of jewel thieves is preposterous and annoyingly depicted. Tracy and Loy are good as always but not enough to overcome a general feeling of lifelessness. However, John Qualen appears about 2/3 through and adds a spark by breathing life into the country-farmer cliche.

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