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Penthouse (1933)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 8 September 1933 (USA)
A lawyer's fiancée leaves him after he defends a racketeer accused of murder, but she needs his help when her new beau is accused of killing an old flame.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Baxter ... Jackson Durant
Myrna Loy ... Gertie Waxted
Charles Butterworth ... Layton
Mae Clarke ... Mimi Montagne
Phillips Holmes ... Tom Siddall
C. Henry Gordon ... Jim Crelliman
Martha Sleeper ... Sue Leonard
Nat Pendleton ... Tony Gazotti
George E. Stone ... Murtoch
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Stevens
Raymond Hatton ... Bodyguard
Arthur Belasco Arthur Belasco ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant's defense of mobsters causes his firm to disown him and his girlfriend Sue to leave him. But when young Tom Siddall, Sue's new boyfriend, is framed for a murder, she is the first to come asking for Durant's help. Durant uses Gazotti's information network and the help of new girlfriend Gertie Waxted to find that rival gangster Jim Crelliman is involved in the framing of Siddall. When Durant sends Gertie to Crelliman's apartment in a bid to blow open the case, she is walking on thin ice. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en la terraza See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $200,000 "retainer" Crelliman offers Durant would be worth around $3,650,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Gertie stands looking out Durant's apartment window, her left arm is up with her hand on her head but, when the shot changes to see her from the front, her arm is down and her hand is resting against the window frame. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gertie Waxted: I can't marry you. I'll ruin you with all your friends. Why, I'm not even a lady.
Jackson 'Jack' Durant: You're not, huh? Well, you'll do till a lady comes along.
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The title card for "Penthouse" announces that the film is presented by "Metro-Golwyn-Mayer". See more »

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Don't Blame Me
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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Myrna Loy Nails It
29 March 2007 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

"Penthouse" is a first-rate example of "they don't make 'em like that anymore." The tale of a society lawyer turned criminal defense attorney -- out to prove the innocence of the accused murderer who waltzed off with his fiancée -- zips along. The dialog of the fabled Hackett-Goodrich team is sassy and clever. The relationship between lawyer Warner Baxter and Nat Pendleton as the racketeer who's his guardian angel perks up the plot. But it's Myrna Loy as the call girl who joins forces with Baxter to nail the real killer who shines. There are certain people the camera finds irresistible. And here, as the most lovable fallen woman of the pre-code era, Loy demonstrates the impish allure that would light up the screen for years to come.


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