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Nicholas Lawrence, a young stockbroker, embezzles a million dollars worth of cash and stock, planning to flee to Shanghai. En route, he meets Cynthia Strong, who is fleeing Los Angeles after the suspicious death of her husband. When a blackmailer tries to force her to pay him or he'll accuse her of murder, she appeals to Nicholas for assistance. During a layover in Honolulu, while Nicholas and Cynthia are eating dinner, the blackmailer steals the attaché case containing the stolen loot. Nicholas and Cynthia pursue the thief to San Francisco in a desperate attempt to recover the stocks and money before Nicholas' now regretted embezzlement is discovered. Written by
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »
[Nicholas has just stuffed cash and stocks embezzled from his clients in an attache case when Dave walks into his office]
Well... leaving so soon?
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Gene Raymond is director, writer, and lead actor in this chase action-thriller from 1948. (One of three movies he made that year.) Not sure if his stiff, wooden performance is intentional, but it's quite a change from his earlier roles, where happy-go-lucky boy meets girl, they have some silly misunderstanding, then it's resolved. In Million Dollar Weekend, Nicholas Lawrence (Raymond) is absconding with the company funds, and gets involved with the pretty girl Cynthia Strong (Osa Massen), who thinks she is also running away from her problems. Both of their plans for flight are sidetracked, and they agree to try to solve their own problems back home. Some scenes are a little weak, such as the car chase (filmed slow, then sped up ??) and a fight in the hotel hall. Interloper Alan Marker gives the strongest performance of the ensemble. Black and white flick. Not bad, no plot holes. Would be interesting to know if the filming locations (Hawaii and San Francisco) were authentic or backdrops.
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