Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.
Roy William Neill
Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud, who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash.
When the bride's mother is supposedly swindled out of her money by a spurned suitor, the groom's father orchestrates a scheme of his own to set things right. He is aided by a cabaret singer... See full summary »
Aunt Emma Bates (Zasu Pitts), a spinster, visits the "Big Town" to see a boxing match participated in by Mickey O'Banion (Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart), son of Emma's old fiancé who was himself a boxing champion. At the arena Emma sits next to Terry (Roger Pryor), a reporter who is trying to track down Rex Crenshaw (Irving Mitchell), lawyer for gangster "Flower" Henderson (Tristram Coffin), who has been kidnapped by rival gang-leader Gus Hammond (Douglas Fowley), and manager of Mickey. After the fight Emma is mistaken for a notorious gun-woman named Ma Parker, and suspected by Hammond's henchmen of working in the interests of Henderson. Mickey is shot during an altercation at Henderson's nightclub and is later kidnapped from the hospital by his manager's men and taken to an East Side outlaw. Emma, in an effort to free Mickey, and with the aid of Maris (Gwen Kenyon), Terry's fiancée, decides to pose as Ma Parker.Written by
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »
[to the ticket seller at the arena]
I see you're positively psychic, Mac. Why don't you get yourself a crystal ball and call yourself "Madame Knowsall?"
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Here Comes the Bride
("The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner (1850)
Whistled by marriage license clerk. See more »
It's an eye-catching title, sure to get attention of wartime audiences looking for escape. Pitts' character Aunt Emma is an inventive comedic creation. On one hand, she's a sedate old maid ruled by two prim sisters; on the other, once outside their influence and taking up with newspaper reporter Terry (Pryor), she gains self-confidence and transforms subtly into an assertive mastermind. Too bad the clotted narrative crowds her transformative humor; that is, until the end when she gets needed showcase having mastered the street-tough lingo of that day. It's like Mother Hubbard sounding like Al Capone.
The supporting cast includes familiar faces, such as Fowley, Hymer, Elliot, and Coffin. But I especially glom onto Elizabeth Russell. With her cat-like eyes, once you see her you don't forget her, as the great Val Lewton knew when he cast her in a number of his classic horror films of the 40's, eg. Cat People (1942).
All in all, it's an unusual light-hearted crime flick that unfortunately piles on too much plot that the clever Pitts and her fluttery humor must compete with.
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