Businessman Gerald Axton goes to his ranch to rest, having had a near-heart-attack due to business worries. But while there (with his female assistant who makes his heart flutter as much as...
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Businessman Gerald Axton goes to his ranch to rest, having had a near-heart-attack due to business worries. But while there (with his female assistant who makes his heart flutter as much as his business worries), a pair of escaped criminals crashes the party, as well as a plane load of passengers who literally crash in. Coincidentally, the plane was carrying the state's governor, whom Axton was at odds with, Axton's ex-paramour and her lover, whom Axton was sending away under false pretenses, and a reporter willing to write up all the sordid details. Written by
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Tuesday 21 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Philadelphia, it was first telecast Monday 24 February 1958 inaugurating the popular All Night Movies series broadcast by WFIL (Channel 6); its earliest documented telecasts in San Francisco occurred 11 December 1959 on KGO and in New York City 29 April 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
Oscar 'Chubby' Rudd:
Two years ago you were so conservative, you buttoned your underwear up the sides; now when you go past, people think it's the fire department out on a picnic!
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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then this film full-fills it's designs. It is useless to write even a bare bones synopsis of it, for it copies from ever classic or trite pot-boiler of the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood. A true example of a throw-away programmer that any of the major studios churned out to fill their production obligations of fifty (50+) plus features a year.
The cast, all first rate character actors or middle-tier stars perform their obligations well. Each fulfilling a specified characterization. Lionel Atwill, driven and vindictive business tycoon no doubt a R.I.N.O, Raymond Walburn, corrupt Governor (in Illinois that's expected), Stuart Erwin, obnoxious reporter (is there any other type), Louis Hayward, washed up actor (which he would become post WWII). Added too this is Wallace Ford and Bernadene Hayes as 'Jack and Judy' (Bonnie & Clyde) plus Irene Hervey and Ann Loring for the 'Damsels In Distress' (D.I.D.).
They are all thrown together in a plot that includes a isolated ranch substituting for the 'old dark house'. Romantic liaisons gone wrong, a airplane crash with gangsters on the loose. Too bad they did not have a sandstorm to go with it, but you cannot have everything. I liked it and with a running time of only 70" you cannot go wrong to give it a try.
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