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Walking Back (1928)

Jazz age youngster Smoke Thatcher "borrows" a neighbor's car to take Patsy, his sweetheart, to a dance after his father refuses to lend him his car. A car-fight with a rival results in the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Rupert Julian, Cecil B. DeMille (uncredited)

Writers:

Monte M. Katterjohn (as Monte Katterjohn), George Kibbe Turner (story "A Ride in the Country")
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Walling ... Smoke Thatcher
Sue Carol ... Patsy Schuyler
Robert Edeson ... Edgar Thatcher
Jane Keckley Jane Keckley ... Mrs. Thatcher
Arthur Rankin ... Pet Masters
James Bradbury Sr. ... Gyp Schwartz
Ivan Lebedeff ... Beaut Thibaut
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Jazz age youngster Smoke Thatcher "borrows" a neighbor's car to take Patsy, his sweetheart, to a dance after his father refuses to lend him his car. A car-fight with a rival results in the borrowed automobile's being so wrecked that Smoke cannot return it. The garage to which he and Patsy take the car for repair turns out to be actually a gang's hideaway and a place where stolen cars are brought and later fenced. The gangsters compel Smoke, accompanied by Patsy, to drive a getaway car, promising enough money to replace the neighbor's car. The gang robs the bank where Smoke's father is employed, and they shoot Thatcher in making their getaway. Forced to leave his father wounded in the street, Smoke makes a wild drive through the city, ending up at the police station. He is rewarded for "capturing" the crooks. Written by Lloyd Purvis

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Dancing, Drinking, Necking- A Picture of Ultra-Modern Youth! (Print Ad-Prescott Evening Courier,((Prescott, Ariz.)) 1 September 1928) See more »

Genres:

Drama

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This film was intended by producer Bertram Millhauser to catapult actress Sue Carol's career and to turn her into the next Hollywood "It" Girl similar to Clara Bow. However, Carol's career never took off. She retired from acting in 1937 and married Alan Ladd in 1942. See more »

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Potboiler Plot with 'A' Feature Production Values
10 October 2018 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

An unlikely pooling of the talents of horror film luminaries director Rupert Julian ('The Phantom of the Opera'), designer Anton Grot ('Mystery of the Wax Museum') and cameraman John Mescall ('Bride of Frankenstein). After a remarkable opening sequence starting in outer space before gradually homing in on Earth (like the prologue nearly twenty years later to 'A Matter of Life and Death'), we are then assailed with an unapologetic display of raucous drunken hedonism interspersed with moralising subtitles about modern youth. The behaviour of these kids makes the youngsters in 'Rebel Without a Cause' look like a Sunday school class, even down to a more destructive version of the later film's 'chicken run' using a car 'borrowed' from a neighbour's.

All this antisocial behaviour goes entirely unpunished in a fashion that would never had got past the Hays Office even a couple of years later. The photography of the frequent scenes depicting cars being driven like maniacs is sensational.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

21 May 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gärendes Blut See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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