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A Man Betrayed (1936)

Frank Powell, an honest stock salesman, attempts to verify the authenticity of his merchandise and his employer commits suicide. Dishonest partners in the company employ gangsters to make ... See full summary »

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Dorrell McGowan (story and screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (story and screenplay) (as Stuart McGowan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward J. Nugent ... Frank Powell (as Eddie Nugent)
Kay Hughes ... Marjorie Norton
Lloyd Hughes ... Curtis Powell
John Wray ... Sparks
Edwin Maxwell ... Richards
Theodore von Eltz ... Burns (as Theodore Von Eltz)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective Ryan
William Newell William Newell ... Gabby
Smiley Burnette ... Hillbilly
Christine Maple ... Helen Vincent
John Hamilton ... Mr. Carlton
Ralf Harolde ... Tony Maroc
Grace Durkin ... Gertrude
Carleton Young ... Smokey - Henchman
Mary Bovard Mary Bovard ... Apartment House Tenant
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Frank Powell, an honest stock salesman, attempts to verify the authenticity of his merchandise and his employer commits suicide. Dishonest partners in the company employ gangsters to make the man's death look like murder, in order to cast suspicion on Frank and cover up their own crooked deals. He is convicted and sent to prison. He escapes by chance when other gangsters effect the escape of a gang-member to whom Frank happens to be handcuffed at the time. Free, he sets out, aided by his brother, Curtis, a former missionary, to establish his innocence. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Missing Men 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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Face the disgrace
5 February 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Perhaps I'm being a bit unfair to this film. I did get the DVD expecting to be getting the John Wayne film of this title. But even if the Duke had never made a film with that title this A Man Betrayed would have to rank as mediocre.

Eddie Nugent stars in this film as a businessman who is working for an oil company that his uncle John Hamilton owns with two other partners. When it proves to be a swindle Nugent quits and decides to investigate for himself. Hamilton kills himself rather face the disgrace.

But his two clever partners fake a murder frame for Nugent to get the partner's insurance they had on Hamilton so that their soon to be creditors are paid off.

Nugent spends most of this film in a jackpot as an escaped prisoner who broke custody and is on the lam from the electric chair. How he escaped and what he and his brother, missionary Lloyd Hughes do to clear him are the whole story.

And it's a ridiculous one with both of them getting themselves involved with a pair of rival gangsters.

I will say this though, the ending was a good one insofar as finding the evidence that clears Nugent. Too bad the rest of the film wasn't as good.


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