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Absolute Quiet (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 24 April 1936 (USA)
Businessman Gerald Axton goes to his ranch to rest, having had a near-heart-attack due to business worries. But while there (with his female assistant who makes his heart flutter as much as... See full summary »


George B. Seitz


Harry Clork (screenplay), George F. Worts (from the story by)


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Complete credited cast:
Lionel Atwill ... G.A. Axton
Irene Hervey ... Laura Tait
Raymond Walburn ... Governor Pruden
Stuart Erwin ... 'Chubby' Rudd
Ann Loring ... Zelda Tadema
Louis Hayward ... Gregory Bengard
Wallace Ford ... Jack
Bernadene Hayes ... Judy
Robert Gleckler ... Jasper Cowdray
Harvey Stephens ... Barney Tait
J. Carrol Naish ... Pedro
Matt Moore ... Pilot
Robert Livingston ... Co-Pilot


Businessman Gerald Axton goes to his ranch to rest, having had a near-heart-attack due to business worries. But while there (with his female assistant who makes his heart flutter as much as his business worries), a pair of escaped criminals crashes the party, as well as a plane load of passengers who literally crash in. Coincidentally, the plane was carrying the state's governor, whom Axton was at odds with, Axton's ex-paramour and her lover, whom Axton was sending away under false pretenses, and a reporter willing to write up all the sordid details. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Release Date:

24 April 1936 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Tuesday 21 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Seattle it first aired 17 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Altoona PA 1 July 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Adams MA 1 August 1957 on WCDC (Channel 19), in Hartford CT 19 August 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Philadelphia 22 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Norfolk VA 26 September 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Cincinnati 16 December 1957 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Lubbock TX 17 December 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), and in Chicago 13 January 1958 on WBBM (Channel 2); its earliest documented telecast in San Francisco occurred 11 December 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City 29 April 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


Oscar 'Chubby' Rudd: Two years ago you were so conservative, you buttoned your underwear up the sides; now when you go past, people think it's the fire department out on a picnic!
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I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Played on piano at the ranch
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"B" movie -- "A" acting
27 January 2014 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

There are some first-rate performances packed into this surprisingly entertaining "B" movie. Taking it from the top, there's Lionel Atwill as a high-powered tycoon whose doctor orders him to rest his nerves at his ranch out west. That's not easy when Wallace Ford and Bernadene Hayes turn up as a vaudeville act wanted for murder. And when a fog-bound plane crashes, they're joined by Louis Hayward as a fading movie idol whose face is scarred in the accident, Stu Erwin as a wise-guy newspaperman and Raymond Walburn as a blustering politico. Throw in Irene Hervey as the secretary Atwill is trying to bed and J. Carroll Naish as a sly Mexican ranch hand and it's fun watching "Absolute Quiet" just to see who'll try to steal the spotlight from who. My bet goes to Hayes and Ford as the serial killer love birds who insist that they really slayed 'em in vaudeville.

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