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And Sudden Death (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 16 June 1936 (USA)
An heiress with a penchant for speeding runs afoul of a traffic cop. Romance develops between the two, but it's soon complicated when he believes she is responsible for killing someone due to reckless driving.

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

Joseph Moncure March (screenplay), Theodore Reeves (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Police Lt. James Knox
Frances Drake ... Betty Winslow
Tom Brown ... Jackie Winslow
Billy Lee ... Bobby Sanborn
Fuzzy Knight ... Steve Bartlett
Terry Walker ... Bangs
Porter Hall ... District Attorney
Charles Quigley ... Mike Andrews
Joe Sawyer ... Police Sgt. Sanborn (as Joseph Sawyer)
Oscar Apfel ... Defense Counsel
Maidel Turner ... Dodie Sloan
Charles Arnt ... Archie Sloan
Jimmy Conlin ... Mr. Tweets
John Hyams ... J.R. Winslow
Herbert Evans ... Meggs
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An heiress with a penchant for speeding runs afoul of a traffic cop. Romance develops between the two, but it's soon complicated when he believes she is responsible for killing someone due to reckless driving.

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He sent his sweetheart to prison for life! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Døden paa Landevejen See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Repeat Offender
2 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One thing you can't say about And Sudden Death. That Randolph Scott does not take his job seriously as a traffic officer. Most every cop I've ever known regards that as a duty to move out of, but Scott seems to have found a home in the traffic division.

Scott plays the officer in charge of a big city's traffic division and while giving a ticket to department store heiress Frances Drake he notices her and is attracted, but duty comes first. When the judge orders Drake to his traffic school Randy decides to get better acquainted. She's seeing automobile speeding in a new light, but her younger brother Tom Brown won't change his ways. That ends up in tragedy.

And Sudden Death has some good features, it was interesting to see how traffic enforcement was handled in 1936. But the film truly played like one of MGM's Crime Does Not Pay short subjects just given a dose of cinematic yeast. It's a sincere effort to address a growing social problem as America was only one generation into the automobile age, but sadly got way too melodramatic.


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