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Sophie Lang Goes West (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 10 September 1937 (USA)
Reformed jewel-thief Sophie Lang, tired of being questioned by the New York City police every time a jewel disappears, decides to head for California, and is hiding in the train-compartment... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Reisner

Writers:

Frederick Irving Anderson (stories), Doris Anderson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gertrude Michael ... Sophie Lang
Lee Bowman ... Eddie Rollyn
Sandra Storme ... Helga Roma
Buster Crabbe ... Steve Clayson (as Larry Crabbe)
Barlowe Borland ... Archie Banks
C. Henry Gordon ... Sultan of Padaya
Jed Prouty ... J.H. Blaine
Rafael Corio ... Laj
Fred Miller Fred Miller ... Policeman
Herbert Ransom Herbert Ransom ... Policeman
Nick Lukats Nick Lukats ... Taxi Driver
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Police Inspector Parr
Archie Twitchell ... Clerk
Robert Cummings ... Curley Griffin
Daisy Bufford ... Maid
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Reformed jewel-thief Sophie Lang, tired of being questioned by the New York City police every time a jewel disappears, decides to head for California, and is hiding in the train-compartment of film-writer Eddie Rollyn. Rollyn is working on a story for film-star Helga Roma, who is also aboard the train with her manager, Steve Clayson. Thinking there is a story in Sophie's flight, Rollyn agrees to help her out and hide her from the police if she will help him with his film story. NYC Detective Archie Banks is aboard the train guarding the Sultan of Padaya, owner of a precious gem called "Star of the World." Archie gets the Sultan's consent to allow Miss Roma to wear the gem in a film, feeling that the publicity will entice Sophie out of retirement to steal the stone, and he can get some publicity himself by capturing her in the attempt. But Crayson steals the jewel and tries to escape with it, but is captured by Rollyn. Clayson escapes and finds Sophie. He tells her that Rollyn is an ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A gay adventure in which romance gives the famous Sophie a little competition! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Follows The Return of Sophie Lang (1936) See more »

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Buster gets light-fingered in this one.
18 December 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

SOPHIE LANG GOES WEST was the third Paramount sound-era film featuring Frederick Irving Anderson's female jewel thief, following 1934's "The Notorious Sophie Lang" and "The Return of Sophie Lang" in 1936, with Gertrude Michaels essaying the title role in all three films.

This entry has Sophie, tired of being questioned by the NYC police every time a jewel disappears, deciding to head for the left coast, and hiding in the railroad car compartment of film-writer Eddie Rollyn (Lee Bowman) on a California-bound train. Rollyn is trying to think up a film story for star Helga Roma (Sandra Storme), who is also on the train with her manager, Steve Clayson (Larry Crabbe.) Figuring that there is a story in Sophie's flight, Rollyn agrees to help her out and hide her from the police if she will help him with his film plot.

Detective Archie Banks (Barlowe Borland)is aboard the train guarding the Sultan of Padaya (C. Henry Gordon), owner of a precious gem called "Star of the World." Archie gets the Sultan's consent to let Miss Roma use the gem in a picture, feeling that the publicity will entice Sophie Lang to steal the stone and he can get a little publicity himself by capturing her. But it is Clayson who steals the jewel and tries to escape with it, but Rollyn nabs him.

Clayson gets away and finds Sophie. He tells her that Rollyn is an ex-thief, and that she must help him get the diamond back, or he will expose Rollyn and ruin his career.

What's a poor girl, who is trying to go straight, to do? Actually, nothing much as it turns out, as Rollyn and Archie do most of the heavy lifting to further this plot.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juwelenraub im Westexpreß See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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