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Hide-Out (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 24 August 1934 (USA)
Farmers take in an injured racketeer and try to reform him.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Mauri Grashin (story), Frances Goodrich (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Jonathan 'Lucky' Wilson
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Pauline Miller
Edward Arnold ... Det. Lt. 'Mac' MacCarthy
Elizabeth Patterson ... 'Ma' Miller
Whitford Kane ... Henry Miller
Mickey Rooney ... William 'Willie' Miller
C. Henry Gordon ... Tony Berrelli aka The Boss
Muriel Evans ... 'Baby'
Edward Brophy ... Detective Britt
Henry Armetta ... Shuman
Herman Bing ... Jake
Louise Henry ... Lilly - Singer
Harold Huber ... Dr. Warner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tenen Holtz ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

While running away from the police, playboy racketeer Jack 'Lucky' Wilson receives a non-life threatening bullet wound. Lucky manages to escape and drives as far as he can before passing out. Lucky is found by farmer Henry Miller, who believes Lucky is an innocent man who was randomly shot by gangsters. Lucky contacts his partner, Tony Berrelli, who sends the mob payrolled doctor to check on Lucky's condition. Tony believes this situation is perfect: the Miller farm is the perfect hide-out for Lucky from the police during Lucky's recuperation. Farm life is against Lucky's sensibilities, that is until he meets the pretty Miller daughter, Pauline. He immediately falls for her and she for him. Lucky needs to figure out how to reconcile his gangster background with the simple farm life, especially with Henry who has had his own bad experiences with racketeers, and with the police who are still after him. Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Friday 8 February 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it first aired in Altoona PA 6 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Minneapolis 21 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Los Angeles 17 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Chicago 25 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it found its way to San Antonio 27 November 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4), to Norfolk VA 4 August 1958 on WTAR (Channel 3), and, finally, to New York City 14 June 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and to San Francisco 28 February 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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The Dream Was So Beautiful
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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You can practically see the dividing line between the precode and code eras in this film
6 March 2016 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

It's a modest movie. Not a big deal. But it's got some things in it I like. First, it stars Robert Montgomery, and Maureen O'Sullivan, which though not a guarantee of a good movie, sure is a sign of promise. And in this case it pays off. Montgomery plays a racketeer who has to lam it to the countryside to wait for some heat to die down. The odd thing is, I could not really figure out what his "racket" was. There he is injured and stays with a family to recover, meeting and chumming it with the daughter. That's where the dividing line is. In the first part you are in precode gangster land. Then Montgomery wakes up in a four poster bed with a gingham bedspread - he has arrived in production code land. The plot's flimsy, for sure, on both sides of the line, but it's there to provide the opportunity for Montgomery and O'Sullivan to meet and chatter. And that's the main attraction. The banter between the simple, ingenuous, yet clear-headed and no-nonsense country lass, and the sophisticated, jaded, out-of-his-element city feller, as they get to know each other, like each other, and fall in love. The style of their exchanges has an informal, conversational feel, as if they were talking, not reciting lines.

Of course, the love story is accompanied by his character reformation into a good person, or one that looks to be in the future. But it's handled discretely, and if you ignore it, it doesn't spoil things. The supporting cast is a bunch of pros, so they know how not to step on things: Elizabeth Patterson and Whitford Kane as the ma and pa, Mickey Rooney-for once not insufferably irritating playing an insufferably irritating son, and Edward Arnold as the dogged cop. One other thing I like about the movie is that it achieves portraying a lively, energetic, spontaneous family scene without being noisy, discordant, and irritating. Something a lot of movies attempt, but fail miserably at doing.


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