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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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Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en la terraza See more »

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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

Jackson 'Jack' Durant: You're the strangest girl I've ever met.
Gertie Waxted: You're a new one on me, too.
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Stay On the Right Side, Sister
: (uncredited)
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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The "Gangster Lawyer" and his Gang
30 March 2007 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Quite decent crime mystery starring Warner Baxter as Jack Durant, a society lawyer who gets dumped by his law firm as well as his snooty girlfriend who doesn't want to marry a "gangster lawyer" (as she calls him) because he likes to defend criminal types such as gangsters, racketeers, bootleggers, and the like (doesn't fit in with her tennis, yacht dances, and lawn party lifestyle, I guess). Anyway, this gal immediately becomes engaged to a young "Park Avenue" man who soon gets arrested for murder - and Durant sets out to prove this young man was framed, along with the help of a gangster pal named Tony and Durant's newest female interest, a woman (played by Myrna Loy) who was best friends with the "night club hostess" who was murdered.

This is an entertaining film with engaging story that held my interest. The story is somewhat predictable, but very interesting to watch with well done performances by all. I enjoyed Myrna Loy in this (though she is resigned to wearing the same big-front-bowed evening gown just about the entire film). Warner Baxter is handsome and smooth here - there is some amusing bedroom talk between him and Loy where she seems to want to spend the night with him, he wants to hold back and play the "gentleman". Nat Pendleton is fun here as Tony, the gangster with a good sense of humor. Quite good.


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