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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.


W.S. Van Dyke


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




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


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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A strange romance in a penthouse- a sky high love-nest! A girl from nowhere bringing drama that screamed from the headlines! (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 22 September 1933) See more »


Crime | Mystery | Romance


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Did You Know?


Myrna Loy and Nat Pendleton appeared together in three more films: The Great Ziegfeld, The Thin Man, and Another Thin Man. See more »


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 »


Jackson 'Jack' Durant: You're the strangest girl I've ever met.
Gertie Waxted: You're a new one on me, too.
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Crazy Credits

The title card for "Penthouse" announces that the film is presented by "Metro-Golwyn-Mayer". See more »


Referenced in Fugitive Lovers (1934) See more »


Stay On the Right Side, Sister
: (uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by three chorus girls when Mimi Montagne entered Jim Crellima's nightclub.
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An unknown movie that deserves rediscovery
14 July 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

An honest lawyer (Warner Baxter) is in a jam. A friend of his ex (Phillips Holmes) was been wrongfully accused of murder...but nobody will trust him or confide in him because of his reputation. But a friend (Myrna Loy) of the murdered girl agrees to help him. There's a lot more twists and turns in this movie but you should see it to find them out.

The movie movie moves like lightning, has a sharp, snappy script and a cast of actors giving it their all. There's also pretty frank sexual innuendo between Baxter and Loy (I'm assuming this was a pre-Code film). Well worth seeing.

For some reason this is a forgotten movie. It's a shame because this is really a great little picture. Maybe the lack of stars (except for Loy) keeps this off the radar. This is well worth rediscovering.

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Release Date:

8 September 1933 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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