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Almost a Gentleman (1939)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 31 March 1939 (USA)
A stray mongrel, a former lawyer with a grudge and his ex-wife's family lead to a story of heroism and redemption in Almost a Gentleman. When the family of promising lawyer Dan Preston's (... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

David Silverstein (screenplay), Jo Pagano (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Ellison ... Dan Preston
Helen Wood ... Shirley Haddon
Robert Kent ... Robert Mabrey
June Clayworth ... Marion Gates
Robert Warwick ... Major Mabrey
Leonard Penn ... Arthur Gates
John Wray ... 'Crack' Williams
Brandon Tynan ... Jason Troop
Earle Hodgins ... Sheriff Ira Willis
Harlan Briggs ... Doc Rollins
Ace the Wonder Dog ... Picardy Max
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A stray mongrel, a former lawyer with a grudge and his ex-wife's family lead to a story of heroism and redemption in Almost a Gentleman. When the family of promising lawyer Dan Preston's (James Ellison) wife, Marian Mabrey (June Clayworth), poisoned their relationship and destroyed their marriage, Dan abandoned his career and set off traveling. He returns a few years later, discovers that a pretty young novelist has moved into his house and takes in a stray dog to compete with his ex-in-laws' pedigreed champion. But when Marian is kidnapped, Dan and his mongrel are the one's who rescue her.

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A GREAT DOG - ON TRIAL...for his Life! ON TRAIL...of a Murder! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amigo dos Amigos See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jingle Bells
(1857)
Written by James Pierpont
In the score at the start of Christmas scenes
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Clearing Himself of Murder
18 October 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ace the Wonder Dog stars in his third movie, assisted by embittered James Ellison. Ace is accused of murder -- although it is Mr. Ellison who is accused of harboring a vicious animal which needs to be destroyed.

Although there is considerable talent in this RKO programmer -- and Ace the Wonder Dog is a handsome animal -- it doesn't quite work. Leslie Goodwin, the director, was working his way out of the short subjects department and does his best. But the inherent difficulty of producing an interesting animal star and fitting it into a sound feature makes unreasonable demands on the plot to the point of occasionally disruptive silliness. Nor are the actors the best of RKO's players, producing a certain amount of untoward emotional reticence about the humans. These factors make the movie less than good.


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