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Below the Deadline (1936)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  8 June 1936 (USA)
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After a good-natured Irish cop is framed for a diamond robbery and murder and presumed dead in a train wreck, he gets plastic surgery and returns to expose the real killers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Parker ...
Molly Fitzgerald
Russell Hopton ...
Terry Mulvaney
Theodore von Eltz ...
Flash Ackroyd (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Pearson (as Thomas Jackson)
Warner Richmond ...
Diamond Dutch
John St. Polis ...
Mr. Abrams
Robert Frazer ...
Detective Palmer
Charles Delaney ...
Artie Nolan
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Aunt Mary Tibbett
Robert Homans ...
Police Captain Symonds
Jack Gardner ...
Henchman Spike
Al Thompson ...
Sparring Partner Al
Sidney Payne ...
Plastic Surgeon
Phyllis Crane ...
Miss Jennings
Charles McAvoy ...
Officer Rooney
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Storyline

Molly Fitzgerald, who works for Abrams and Co. Jewelers (although the company safe reads "Adams & Co. Jewelers"), is accosted on the street by a stranger who asks her for a date, but her fiancé, police officer Terry Mulvaney chases him away. Spike, the stranger, is interested in Molly other than for her pretty face; he is a member of a gang of jewel thieves who are planning to rob Abrams and want to use her to obtain information regarding the merchant's shipments of jewels. Through another ruse, gang member Flash Ackroyd gets the information and, through careful planning, frames Terry for the robbery. One of Abrams' assistants is killed and Terry is charged with robbery and murder. Terry escapes but Molly is fired as Abrams thinks she was in on the robbery. Molly gets a job in a nightclub ran by the gangsters. The train on which Terry is escaping is wrecked and he is transported to a hospital more dead than alive. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A DYNAMIC DRAMA OF THE DARK, LURKING SHADOWS JUST BEYOND THE BRILLANCE OF THE BROADWAY LIGHTS.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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8 June 1936 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Cecilia Parker was borrowed by Chesterfield from M-G-M, which seldom lent any of its rising stars to Poverty Row studios. See more »

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Plastic Surgeon: [to Terry, who is swathed in bandages] By the way, what kind of nose did you have?
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A good gem

Charles Lamont - the director - was especially known for his comedies, such as the Abbot and Costello ones, not for film noirs. From him, I have already seen I WAS A SHOPLIFTER, INTERNATIONAL CRIME and ROAD AGENT, but this latest is maybe a western, I am not sure. Anyway, this little programmer is quite entertaining, although the story seems not so unusual. A cop is falsely accused of a stick up, pulled by thieves impersonating him. I won't repeat the story line told above. And I am also surprised no one has commented it yet. It has been released in Alpha Video DVD. It is available in stores.

Try it.


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