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High Pressure (1932)

Passed | | Comedy | 30 January 1932 (USA)
Gar Evans is a "high pressure" promoter who tends to be unrealistically optimistic about his projects and exaggerates the chance of success. He sets up the "Golden Gate Artificial Rubber ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy (as Mervyn Le Roy)

Writers:

Aben Kandel (play), Joseph Jackson (screen version)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Gar Evans
Evelyn Brent ... Francine Dale
George Sidney ... Colonel Ginsburg
John Wray ... Jimmy Moore
Evalyn Knapp ... Helen Wilson
Guy Kibbee ... Clifford Gray
Frank McHugh ... Mike Donahey
Oscar Apfel ... Mr. Hackett
Ben Alexander ... Geoffrey Weston
Harold Waldridge ... Gus Vanderbilt (as Harold Waldrige)
Charles Middleton ... Mr. Banks
Harry Beresford ... Dr. Rudolph Pfeiffer
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Storyline

Gar Evans is a "high pressure" promoter who tends to be unrealistically optimistic about his projects and exaggerates the chance of success. He sets up the "Golden Gate Artificial Rubber Company", and persuades a lot of people to invest. He believes that the process to produce artificial rubber exists, but does it? Written by ppllkk

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein ausgefuchster Gauner See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the opening scene in a speakeasy, Colonel Ginsburg takes a sip of beer, grimaces and says "I can taste the needles". This refers to "needle beer" which was made by taking legal, low-alcohol beer and adding grain alcohol to it, often by injecting into the keg with a needle. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Le bluffeur (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Powell
Lyrics by George Asaf
Sung twice at sales rallies
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"There's no romance in sewage."
10 August 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

William Powell has a great time in this Pre-Code comedy about a promoter who gets involved with an invention that can supposedly turn sewage into rubber. Powell's pretty much the entire movie has he hawks this "too good to be true" product, making many false promises along the way. When it turns out the scientist who invented the product is crazy, Powell appears to be in big trouble.

George Sidney, Guy Kibbee, and Frank McHugh offer good support. Evelyn Brent is not a particularly strong leading lady for Powell but she does okay. It's a talky movie but it moves along at a quick pace with fun dialogue from Powell & company. A great showcase for William Powell's talents.


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