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Crack-Up (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 14 December 1936 (USA)
Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help.

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Malcolm St. Clair

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (screenplay), Sam Mintz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Lorre ... Colonel Gimpy
Brian Donlevy ... Ace Martin
Helen Wood ... Ruth Franklin
Ralph Morgan ... John R. Fleming
Thomas Beck ... Joe Randall
Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Fleming
Lester Matthews ... Sidney Grant
Earle Foxe ... Operative #30
J. Carrol Naish ... Operative #77
Gloria Roy Gloria Roy ... Operative #16
Oscar Apfel ... Alfred Knuxton
Paul Stanton ... Daniel D. Harrington
Howard Hickman ... Major White (as Howard C. Hickman)
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Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help.

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psychotronic film | spy | See All (2) »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D. O. X. Nincs kegyelem See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The poem quoted by Colonel Gimpy aboard the plane is from "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" by Lord Byron. See more »

Quotes

Ace Martin: Will you turn that thing off, before he drives me mad?
Colonel Gimpy: Madness, Mr. Martin, is a very common malady. Can it be that they are mad themself who call me mad? If you only knew what was going on in this head of mine... if you only knew!
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Top Gallante
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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This could have been a lot better.
3 July 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This B-movie includes spies, murder and a thief trying to sell blueprints to a fancy new airplane....all things that sounds really exciting. Then HOW did the filmmakers drop the ball like they did and create a dud??

The story begins just before a new cross-Atlantic airliner is tested. Into the ceremony comes Colonel Gimpy (Peter Lorre) with some of the most amazing over-acting I've ever seen. Apparently, everyone at the airplane factory things he's a harmless old crank...little do they know that he's a spy seeking to steal the airplane with the help of the pilot, Ace Martin (Brian Donlevy). But the plan does NOT go as everyone expects and it leads to an overly long and bizarre ending which makes no sense....none at all.

What you have here is a B-movie made by a top studio (Twentieth Century-Fox). It has excellent production values, excellent acting (even Lorre's overacting) but what it doesn't have is a good script. It's a shame, as I like old aviation pictures...but this one really suffers from a script that goes no where in the second half of the film. How disappointing.


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