6.7/10
75
8 user

Romance on the Run (1938)

A man has the knack for finding stolen items. Then returns them to the insurance company. Finds some fake jewels and turns them in. Antics ensue.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An eccentric millionaire, unable to locate his only granddaughter, decides to divide his estate among a group of people less close to him: his niece and nephew, his attorney, his doctor, ... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne
Stars: Charley Grapewin, Mary Carlisle, Arthur Hohl
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Thieves break into a warehouse that stores guns, steal them and kill the night watchman. An undercover agent assigned to the case happens to get into a traffic accident with the sister of ... See full summary »

Director: Albert Herman
Stars: Charles Starrett, Noel Madison, Virginia Cherrill
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When he runs short of money, a newspaper reporter pawns a police revolver he was given after he helped the police solve a case. Later on the gun is used in a murder, and the reporter is suspected of committing the crime.

Director: Ray McCarey
Stars: Robert Armstrong, Maxine Doyle, Henry Kolker
Grief Street (1931)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Alvin Merle, a womanizing Broadway matinée idol, is found strangled in his dressing room. The door is locked from the inside and there is no possible other way into the room. Merle is ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Barbara Kent, John Holland, Dorothy Christy
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The first of three Pine-Thomas productions for Chester Morris finds him as wise-cracking private detective Humphrey Campbell who impresses his boss, Oscar Flack, no end by not only finding ... See full summary »

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Chester Morris, Jean Parker, Rose Hobart
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a wealthy art dealer is murdered, the private investigator hired for the case discovers a web of blackmail, corruption and stolen bonds.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Reginald Denny, Patricia Farr, Jameson Thomas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Barry Drake
...
Dale Harrison
...
Lily Lamont
...
Whitey Whitehouse
...
Police Lt. Eckhardt
...
Charlie Cooper
...
J.W. Ridgeway
...
Happy Drunk
...
Pappy Hatfield
...
Mondoon
...
Phelps
Jean Joyce ...
Dolly
Georgia Simmons ...
Ma Hatfield
Edit

Storyline

A man has the knack for finding stolen items. Then returns them to the insurance company. Finds some fake jewels and turns them in. Antics ensue.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Mystery

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 May 1938 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Republic Pictures production number 650. See more »

Goofs

Mondoon's shop advertises itself as selling "Antiques and objects d'art". It should be "objets d'art". See more »

Soundtracks

Are You a Dreamer?
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Lawrence and Peter Tinturin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Highly enjoyable chase with romance and laughs
28 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Donald Woods is Barry Drake, a sort of private operator who specializes in recovering stolen valuables and returning them to the insurance company—for a handsome fee, no questions asked. Realizing his latest recovery fee has been accepted for a fake necklace, not the original, he sets out after the burglars who have it. Patricia Ellis is Dale Harrison, insurance company secretary who latches onto Drake's trail and sets out after him. The great William Demarest is Eckbart, a police detective whose greatest professional goal is to catch Barry Drake at the illegal doings he's sure Drake's mixed up in—and he follows them both.

It's a fun ride that includes a train journey to Cincinnati followed by an automobile excursion toward New Orleans that gets sidetracked and winds up in some kind of hillbilly country where the people say things like "Hey Pappy! We got furriners!" It's all quite nutty and holds just tightly enough to an actual plot line to keep it making sense.

Lots of familiar faces in this Republic production—there's Edward Brophy as Drake's right hand man and sidekick, Granville Bates as the blustery necklace's owner, Andrew Tombes as the insurance company executive. Not household names, at least not in my household, but boy, those guys were in a lot of movies.

All that marred this excellent B movie was the chopped up 53-minute version that is currently available. The film seems to have been a good 68 minutes originally; this shortened version was presumably prepared for some long-ago TV release, but it's riddled with major gaps that make it hard to follow and distract woefully from its enjoyment. If I can ever find the complete version, I will cheer!

Even as is, though, the film is well worth those 53 minutes. Woods and Ellis make a handsome pair as they spar and quip; the supporting cast is excellent; the dialog is sharp. All in all it's a first-rate example of that rich and silly genre, the late '30s quickie comedy-mystery.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page