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Bill Cracks Down (1937)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 22 March 1937 (USA)
When William Reardon, a steel magnate, dies and leaves a strange will. When his spineless and dandified heir and son returns home from living in Paris, he finds "Tons' Walker, a strong and ... See full summary »

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Morgan Cox (story), Owen Francis (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Grant Withers ... 'Tons' Walker
Beatrice Roberts ... Susan Bailey
Ranny Weeks Ranny Weeks ... Bill Reardon Jr. - aka Bill Hall
Judith Allen ... Elaine Witworth
William Newell William Newell ... Eddie 'Porky' Plunkett
Pierre Watkin ... William 'Bill' Reardon Sr.
Roger Williams ... Steve - Mill Foreman
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Witworth
Greta Meyer ... Hilda
Edgar Norton ... Jarvis - the Butler
Harry Depp Harry Depp ... Smalley - the Lawyer
Eugene King Eugene King ... Zimich
Landers Stevens ... Dr. Colcord
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Chauffeur (as Eddie Anderson)
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Storyline

When William Reardon, a steel magnate, dies and leaves a strange will. When his spineless and dandified heir and son returns home from living in Paris, he finds "Tons' Walker, a strong and burly steel worker running the company, per his late-father's will request. He also finds that his father's will specifies the Junior will change his name to Bill Hall and work in the family steel mill for a year under the fake name. Walker's job is to make a man out of the son. The son is not overjoyed by this prospect. Neither is Walker. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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son | steel | steel mill | magnate | heir | See All (50) »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Epikindyni klironomia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

You Grow Sweeter Ev'ry Day
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Words and Music by Sam H. Stept and Ned Washington
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Odd mix film is okay, but would have been better if they knew what type of film they were making
1 February 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Grant Withers plays a steel man and friend of the mill owner who is left control of the mil when the owner dies. Withers is to control the mill until the owners son proves himself over the course of a year. Odd comedy/drama/romance thats set in and around a steel mill. The film is an odd mix of seeming real locations (the mill) and Hollywood sets (everything else). As I said the film is rather odd, pausing for a song in the midst of everything else thats going on. The unevenness of the tone works against total enjoyment of the film since it seems to be shifting gears a bit too often. Its not bad, its just not as good as it should have been.


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