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Absolute Quiet (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 24 April 1936 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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Laura Tait
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Governor Pruden
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'Chubby' Rudd
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Zelda Tadema
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Gregory Bengard
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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 Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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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 »

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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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An interesting cast in a strange little film
17 August 2000 | by (Hollywood CA) – See all my reviews

Absolute Quiet seems a strange side assignment for the director of the Andy Hardy series, George B. Seitz and his sometime cinematographer Lester White. The actors were probably B-movie favorites to moviegoers in the 30s, but aside from Atwill and Stu Erwin most are long forgotten now. Familiar faces everywhere, nonetheless, in this odd little MGM picture with Atwill in the lead, supported by Lewis Hayward in a minor and atypical role. One can almost imagine an A-picture cast instead: if MGM had gotten Bette Davis for the Irene Hervey role and Cagney for Wallace Ford.

Atwill is great as always, one of the most underrated actors of the Golden Era, and Bernadene Hayes steals the film half way through as the Vaudeville hoofer turned gun moll.

I'll bet it was fun to make this one.


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