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Anything for a Thrill (1937)

Approved | | Drama | 15 June 1937 (USA)
Don Mallory is the younger brother of ace newsreel photographer Cliff Mallory, and is continually urging Cliff to let him become a cameraman rather than going to college. Cliff refuses. He ... See full summary »


Leslie Goodwins (as Les Goodwins)


Peter B. Kyne (story "To Him That Dared"), Joseph O'Donnell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Frankie Darro ... Dan Mallory
Kane Richmond ... Cliff Mallory
June Johnson ... Jean Roberts
Ann Evers ... Betty Kelley
Johnstone White ... Burke - aka The Earl
Horace Murphy ... Boss Kelley
Edward Hearn ... Collins
Frank Marlowe ... Joe
Bob Kortman ... Henchman
Charles Dorety ... Charlie - Henchman
Charles McAvoy Charles McAvoy ... Guard


Don Mallory is the younger brother of ace newsreel photographer Cliff Mallory, and is continually urging Cliff to let him become a cameraman rather than going to college. Cliff refuses. He is assigned to get some newsreel footage of heiress Betty Kelley, who has never been shot. She arrives at the airport accompanied by a phony Earl, to whom she is reportedly engaged, eludes the cameraman by dressing as the pilot and drives off before Cliff discovers the deception. She also destroys the film he shoots of her by sneaking into the Kelley's heavily-guarded estate. Don, with the help of his girl friend, Jean Roberts, fares better and while Jean attracts the attention of the guards, Don sneaks into the estate and makes off with the film, arriving back at the newsreel office in time to pass it off as Cliff's. When the film is released, Betty threatens a libel suit and finally buys the newsreel company as a compromise. She assigns Cliff to cover a baby parade. Meanwhile, the "Earl" finds ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS Saturday 27 April 1940. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. It first aired in Cincinnati Tuesday 15 November 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles Tuesday 14 March 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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The paparazzo were annoying even back then!
29 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Alpha Video print is pretty bad and is missing 4 minutes. However, I have no idea how else to see this film, so I guess you're stuck with the film and all its shortcomings.

Frankie Darro was an odd sort of movie star. While he never became a top star, he managed to star in a long series of B-movies as well as a few big films for Warner Brothers (such as "Wild Boys of the Road")--yet he was a very, very small guy at only 5'3". This wasn't the traditional sort of hero, yet, like Mickey Rooney he had a very successful career in films.

Cliff Mallory (Kane Richmond) is a newsreel cinematographer. His younger brother, Dan (Darro) has plans to become one also but Cliff wants his brother to go to college. However, throughout the film, Dan proves he has what it takes and manages to get some amazing footage. First, he gets film of an heiress who has never been filmed. Second, he gets great footage of an armed robbery in which a policeman was killed. In fact, the footage clearly shows the heiress' fiancé as the gunman! What's next? See for yourself.

The photographers and newsreel folks really were annoying in this film. Sneaking onto the heiress' estate was not beyond many of them and it just goes to show you that times haven't really changed much after all these years! What has changed is that in this film, these annoying jerks are the heroes--something you'd never see today! So is the film any good? Well, yes and no. While it's a fast-moving and generally enjoyable B-movie, it also features a couple terrible actresses. Part of this can be the blame of the director and writer but June Johnson and Ann Evers deserve a HUGE amount of blame for absolutely horrid performances. Johnson's voice could curdle milk and Evers' temper tantrum at 49 minutes is just embarrassing. Plus the ending really made no sense at all. It's a shame, as Darro and Richmond (particularly Darro) were very good. In fact, Darro did his own stunts and displayed some amazing athleticism. I see this as a time-passer if you aren't particularly picky and nothing more.

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