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Penthouse (1933)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | 8 September 1933 (USA)
A lawyer's fiancée leaves him after he defends a racketeer accused of murder, but she needs his help when her new beau is accused of killing an old flame.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Baxter ... Jackson Durant
Myrna Loy ... Gertie Waxted
Charles Butterworth ... Layton
Mae Clarke ... Mimi Montagne
Phillips Holmes ... Tom Siddall
C. Henry Gordon ... Jim Crelliman
Martha Sleeper ... Sue Leonard
Nat Pendleton ... Tony Gazotti
George E. Stone ... Murtoch
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Stevens
Raymond Hatton ... Bodyguard
Arthur Belasco Arthur Belasco ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant's defense of mobsters causes his firm to disown him and his girlfriend Sue to leave him. But when young Tom Siddall, Sue's new boyfriend, is framed for a murder, she is the first to come asking for Durant's help. Durant uses Gazotti's information network and the help of new girlfriend Gertie Waxted to find that rival gangster Jim Crelliman is involved in the framing of Siddall. When Durant sends Gertie to Crelliman's apartment in a bid to blow open the case, she is walking on thin ice. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penthouse See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $200,000 "retainer" Crelliman offers Durant would be worth around $3,650,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Gertie stands looking out Durant's apartment window, her left arm is up with her hand on her head but, when the shot changes to see her from the front, her arm is down and her hand is resting against the window frame. See more »

Quotes

Gertie Waxted: So you're the man who put a grand piano in a girl's vanity case.
Jackson 'Jack' Durant: Oh, is that news all over town?
Gertie Waxted: Don't worry. I heard you were all right. You didn't demand down payment.
Jackson 'Jack' Durant: Well, don't you count on that. If I give you anything, I'll demand payment.
Gertie Waxted: [Bats eyelashes] I hate to be in debt.
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Crazy Credits

The title card for "Penthouse" announces that the film is presented by "Metro-Golwyn-Mayer". See more »

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Stay On the Right Side, Sister
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Music by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by three chorus girls when Mimi Montagne entered Jim Crellima's nightclub.
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Classic gangster murder mystery spiced with romance
19 May 2009 | by JBThackerySee all my reviews

This film contains all the elements of a great gangster story. It is a perfect example of 1930's big city gangster films. Yet it does not fall into a stereotypical mold at all. It is entertaining throughout. Just when you think it is going one way, it goes the other, building the suspense and irony until you realize it is not going to be a typical story.

All the players keep in character and hold your attention with crisp and refreshing dialogue. Baxter and Loy are so in tune with one another, and you do not get the feeling they are acting.

And isn't it neat to see Nat Pendleton play a smart, in-charge guy for once, instead of just a bumbling half-wit mob henchman. (Though he is always likable in that role, it surprised me to see what a smart guy he really was!) The plot of this film is genre-based, yet quite original and full of all the necessary elements: virtue, vice, mystery, false suspicion, resolution of mystery, resolution of false suspicion, romance, heavy action, jazz, and many doors that seem to want to open, but just the right ones open at just the right intervals to keep you entertained throughout this gem of a film.


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