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Hollywood Mystery (1934)

Passed | | Action, Drama | 21 June 1934 (USA)
A PR man for a low-budget studio comes up with what he believes is the perfect gimmick: to make a gangster picture with a real gangster in the lead role! He convinces a director--a ... See full summary »


B. Reeves Eason (as Breezy Eason)


William Bloecher (story), John T. Neville (adaptation) (as John Thomas Neville)




Cast overview:
June Clyde ... Doris Dawn
Frank Albertson ... Daniel Patrick Ryan
José Crespo ... Tony Capello
Tenen Holtz ... Benjamin Vogel
John Davidson ... Siegfried Sonoff
Stanley Price ... Joe Romano
Cyril Ring ... Duke - Tony's Assistant
Edith Terry Preuss Edith Terry Preuss ... Marie


A PR man for a low-budget studio comes up with what he believes is the perfect gimmick: to make a gangster picture with a real gangster in the lead role! He convinces a director--a foreigner who doesn't know much about the American gangster scene--to come on board, and they find what they believe to be their perfect leading man when they spot a tough-looking customer knock out a man in a nightclub. It turns out that the "gangster" they picked isn't a gangster at all, but the man he knocked out in the nightclub is. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

21 June 1934 (USA) See more »

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Strictly Confidential See more »

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Production Co:

Fanchon Royer Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in Cincinnati Thursday 29 September 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Detroit Sunday 13 November 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Chicago Tuesday 6 December 1949 on WENR (Channel 7), and in New York City Thursday 29 December 1949 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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Interesting Premise
23 August 2005 | by sbibb1See all my reviews

Supreme Pictures movie studio PR man Frank Albertson comes up with a great and inventive new movie angle, cast a real life gangster in a new up and coming gangster film called "The Racketeer." The director is chosen, as is June Clyde, the leading lady, now all they need is a real life gangster. Going to a notorious nightspot where gangsters are known to hangout they spot one, played by Jose Crespo, after a fight breaks out at the club. The studio signs him and alerts the newspapers that a real life gangster has been cast in the role, only won't provide anymore information then the gangsters name, thereby making the press eager for more news. It turns out however that the man Crespo fought at the nightclub is also a gangster and he wants Crespo dead. I can't tell more without giving away the plot.

This is a pure B picture, running under an hour, the film today is in the public domain and can be found on DVD and VHS. Beware however of the version that is available on DVD as the film's picture is very heavily cropped.

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