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Whipsaw (1935)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 18 December 1935 (USA)
Hoping to nab a gang of jewel thieves, a government agent poses as a crook and travels across the country with a female thief.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play), James Edward Grant (from the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Myrna Loy ... Vivian Palmer
Spencer Tracy ... Ross McBride
Harvey Stephens ... Ed Dexter
William Harrigan ... 'Doc' Evans
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Harry Ames
Robert Gleckler ... Steve Arnold
Robert Warwick ... Robert W. Wadsworth
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Monetta (as George Renevent)
Paul Stanton ... Chief Hughes
Wade Boteler ... Humphries
Don Rowan ... Curley
John Qualen ... Will Dabson
Irene Franklin ... Mme. Marie
Lillian Leighton ... Aunt Jane
J. Anthony Hughes ... Bailey
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Storyline

Vivian, Ed and Harry steal jewels in Paris. In New York government agent McBride accompanies Vivian riding across the country with the loot. She falls in love with him and gives up crime; he finds the stash and arrests her. Rival crooks Doc and Steve, who had already stolen the stolen jewels once, attempt to take them once again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Taglines:

Here She is at Last!...Laughing, Loving, Wise-Cracking Again as She Kisses a Stranger and Romps Away on the Merriest, Maddest Romantic Adventure You've Ever Seen!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unexpected Bride See more »

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Budget:

$238,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Friday 6 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Wednesday 5 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6); in New York City it first aired 31 February 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in San Francisco 29 March 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Goofs

The doctor shows up at the remote farmhouse carrying just the typical doctor's bag. However, after the birth, both Vivian and the doctor appear wearing surgical caps and full-length gowns. See more »

Quotes

Harry Ames: Those birds are walking murder.
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Referenced in Sanford and Son: Whiplash (1972) See more »

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Underrated Gem
18 September 2011 | by Forn55See all my reviews

MGM Studio execs. may have have wondered whether Director Sam Wood wasn't taking something of a risk when he hired Spencer Tracy (recently released by Fox, and known primarily for his action-packed B films) to play a tough-guy romantic lead in "Whipsaw" opposite Myrna Loy (fresh off a big success the previous year in "The Thin Man") but Wood knew what he was doing. The result is excellent. Tracy and Loy have terrific screen chemistry together in this 1935 cops-and-robbers movie. It doesn't even matter that the plot isn't particularly fresh, or that the dialogue doesn't always sparkle; the pleasure to be had in "Whipsaw" lies in watching these two screen pros slowly build a portrait of completely disparate characters who overcome their prejudices and their "better" judgments and fall in love. Since Spencer Tracy always played Spencer Tracy (no matter who the character he was portraying may have been) Myrna Loy had the more difficult transformation to accomplish here, and she comes up aces. Her performance is nuanced and understated and she's an elegant, intelligent foil to Tracy's more down-to-earth, beefy, good-guy persona. There's fine supporting work, too, from the secondary characters with John Qualen taking standout honors as a mild-mannered Midwestern farmer; and appropriately "noirish" cinematography from James Wong Howe. But the real story here is the performance by Loy and Tracy. In the flood of terrific movies that the '30's gave to us, "Whipsaw" is often overlooked. It shouldn't be.


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