MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 76,016 this week

Boulder Dam (1936)

Passed  -  Action | Drama  -  7 March 1936 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 54 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 2 critic

"Rusty" Noonan, a hard-boiled, cynical, selfish smart-aleck, working as a mechanic in a Detroit garage, is outraged when he has to work overtime on repairing the shoddy work he had done on ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1152 titles
created 06 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Boulder Dam" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Boulder Dam (1936)

Boulder Dam (1936) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Boulder Dam.
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Rusty Noonan
Patricia Ellis ...
Ann Vangarick
...
Lacy
Eddie Acuff ...
Ed Harper
Henry O'Neill ...
Mr. Agnew
Egon Brecher ...
Pa Vangarick
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ...
Ma Vangarick
Joseph Crehan ...
Ross
George P. Breakston ...
Stan Vangarick (as George Breakston)
William Pawley ...
Wilson - Garage Boss
Ronnie Cosby ...
Peter Vangarick
Edit

Storyline

"Rusty" Noonan, a hard-boiled, cynical, selfish smart-aleck, working as a mechanic in a Detroit garage, is outraged when he has to work overtime on repairing the shoddy work he had done on a taxicab, gets into an argument with the shop-foreman, Wison. The foreman takes a swing at him and misses but Noonan, a trained boxer connects with his punch. The blow catches Wilson on the chin, knocks him off his feet and his head hits the floor and he is killed. Noonan flees, wanders about the country and eventually arrives in the desert-town of Las Vegas, Nevada, where the mighty Boulder Dam is being constructed on the near-by Colorado River. He is befriended by Ann Vangarick, gets a construction job on the dam project, and he begins to see the error of his past ways. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 March 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La montagna incatenata  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Toddling Along with You
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Patricia Ellis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Interesting Snapshot
27 June 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The movie's first part is gritty and cynical, the sort of qualities that defined Warner Bros. of the time. Rusty's got a chip on his shoulder and because of that ends up joining thousands of other unemployed guys, except the cops are looking for him on a murder charge. These passages are riveting. At the same time, we don't so much identify with the surly Rusty as we wait to see what happens to him as he hops freights and stays in hobo jungles. A sense of the Depression-era 1930's is vividly conveyed in these scenes.

However, once Rusty meets up with Ann (Ellis), the movie settles into a more conventional love story, with construction of Boulder Dam as a background. The construction scenes are pretty well done, a mix of real footage of the dam, plus process shots for the more difficult staging. Also, we see how public works projects of the 30's, like the dam, were used to put lines of men back to work, perhaps a lesson for our own recessionary times.

I'd never seen Alexander before. Despite his slender frame, he manages to convey the needed amount of grit and toughness, though his Rusty is not particularly likable, an interesting departure from most movies. But it's really tall, blonde Ellis who impressed me. She projects a lot of no-nonsense personality right out of the Warner Bros. stable of tough dames (Blondell, Farrell, et. al.). Ellis had the talent and looks for bigger things, but mysteriously dropped out of sight at decade's end (IMDB).

All in all, the movie remains an interesting little slice of history that deserves more cable showings than it's had.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Movie Location? waldenpond88
They don't make them like this anymore ginoveloute
Discuss Boulder Dam (1936) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?