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Living Dangerously (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 9 March 1936 (UK)
When Doctor Stanley Norton finds his partner, Doctor Henry Pryor, has been illegally selling drugs to addicts, he dissolves the partnership. Seeking revenge, Pryor accuses Norton of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Leonora Corbett ...
Helen Pryor
Francis Lister ...
Dr. Henry Pryor
Vera Kennedy
Eric Stanley ...
Sir George Parker
Inspector Webster
Hubert Harben ...
President of Council
Iris Hoey ...
Lady Annesley
James Carew ...
Jimmy Godden ...
Member of Council
Hartley Power ...
District Attorney
Hilda Campbell-Russell ...


When Doctor Stanley Norton finds his partner, Doctor Henry Pryor, has been illegally selling drugs to addicts, he dissolves the partnership. Seeking revenge, Pryor accuses Norton of misconduct with Pryor's wife, Helen. The case is reviewed before the General Medical Council and Norton is struck off the register on the false testimony of Vera Kennedy, Pryor's mistress. The case discloses that Norton and Helen love each other and it also publicly reveals Pryor's traffic in drugs and he is sentenced to two years in prison. Helen and Norton migrate to the state of Montana and after dreary years of struggle, under another name, achieves success. He is a famous Park Avenue heart specialist when Pryor, embittered, broken and bent on revenge, gets into Norton's home by a ruse. His game is blackmail and his weapon the fact that Helen is still his lawful wife. Norton goes momentarily mad as he sees his life once more on the brink of ruin. He kills Pryor and then tells his story to his friend, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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You killed this man! You were his best friend...yet you disgraced him...you jailed him...you stole his wife...WHY DID YOU KILL HIM? (original poster) See more »


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9 March 1936 (UK)  »

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Otto Kruger and partner Francis Lister split over Lister's misdeeds and his wife Leonora Corbett
6 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The IMDb storyline tells you more than you need to know in order to watch this film, and it has a few details wrong at the end that I won't correct. I'd advise watching "Living Dangerously" (1936) knowing much less about its plot than that summary reveals.

What you have here is a very well-told story, executed skillfully and flawlessly, headed up by the always smooth and versatile Otto Kruger. I was unfamiliar with the other two main players, Francis Lister and Leonora Corbett; but they more than carry their weight. For being made in the mid-thirties, the film is remarkably fresh and free of any traces of movie-making that might compromise it for a modern audience. The new DVD print of it looks great, and the audio track is clear.

The story begins with a shooting death involving the successful Dr. Norton (Kruger) in his well-appointed New York quarters, where he lives with Leonora Corbett. The story is then told in flashback up until the final sequences. This maintains several levels of suspense throughout.

Although the film lacks noir photography, except for a few fleeting frames, it passes muster as a strong pre-noir or Britnoir by virtue of the story, the importance of crime in the story, the corruption and schemes of Lister's character, and the final resolution.

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