Perilous Holiday (1946)

88 or 90 mins | Comedy-drama | 21 March 1946

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HISTORY

This was the first and only film produced by Phil L. Ryan Productions, Inc. Actor Alan Hale was borrowed from Warner Bros. for the picture. According to a 28 Feb 1945 HR news item, one-third of the production was to be filmed on location in Mexico ... More Less

This was the first and only film produced by Phil L. Ryan Productions, Inc. Actor Alan Hale was borrowed from Warner Bros. for the picture. According to a 28 Feb 1945 HR news item, one-third of the production was to be filmed on location in Mexico City. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Mar 1946.
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Daily Variety
19 Jun 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Jun 46
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 1945. p. 12.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Oct 45
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 45
p. 12
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Dec 45
p. 2776.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
25 May 46
p. 3007.
New York Times
1 Jun 46
p. 10.
Variety
5 Jun 46
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Music mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Miniatures
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Research dir
Research dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the serialized novel Perilous Holiday by Robert Carson in Collier's (21 Oct--11 Nov 1944).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"An Irishman's Idea of Love," music and lyrics by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
"Cielito lindo," traditional.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 March 1946
Production Date:
4 October--5 December 1945
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 March 1946
Copyright Number:
LP250
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88 or 90
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11239
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Mexico City, U.S. Treasury Department investigator Patrick Nevil is assigned to follow newspaper columnist Agnes Stuart and report her activities to Secret Service agent Graeme. Patrick, a playboy, fears that his assignment will interfere with his romantic pursuit of Audrey Latham, a young woman from Seattle, until he meets and falls instantly in love with Agnes. Refusing to give up on Patrick, Audrey, accompanied by her wealthy friend, George Richards, joins him and Agnes for an evening of fun at the El Vaquero nightclub. There, Agnes tells Patrick that the club owner, Doctor Lilley, is an American racketeer who ordered the killing of her father. Patrick discovers the true purpose of Agnes' visit to Mexico City when she tells him that she plans to expose Lilley by setting a trap for him. George, who is a friend of Lilley, offers Patrick money to leave town and cease his investigation, but Patrick refuses the bribe. Patrick soon realizes that he has stumbled onto a dangerous racketeering operation when Manuel Perez, Agnes' driver, is found murdered. Believing that Agnes is in a great deal of danger, Patrick tries to dissuade her from executing her plan, but she responds by accusing him of being an operative for Lilley. During their conversation, Agnes tells Patrick that she suspects that George is really a counterfeiter named Freddie Nigh. Later, Audrey tells Agnes that she and Patrick are engaged, after which Agnes, devastated by the news, goes to Lilley's. Patrick follows her there, and he and Agnes discover Lilley's plan to flood Europe with counterfeit bills. Patrick and Agnes are then caught searching Lilley's house, and are about ... +


In Mexico City, U.S. Treasury Department investigator Patrick Nevil is assigned to follow newspaper columnist Agnes Stuart and report her activities to Secret Service agent Graeme. Patrick, a playboy, fears that his assignment will interfere with his romantic pursuit of Audrey Latham, a young woman from Seattle, until he meets and falls instantly in love with Agnes. Refusing to give up on Patrick, Audrey, accompanied by her wealthy friend, George Richards, joins him and Agnes for an evening of fun at the El Vaquero nightclub. There, Agnes tells Patrick that the club owner, Doctor Lilley, is an American racketeer who ordered the killing of her father. Patrick discovers the true purpose of Agnes' visit to Mexico City when she tells him that she plans to expose Lilley by setting a trap for him. George, who is a friend of Lilley, offers Patrick money to leave town and cease his investigation, but Patrick refuses the bribe. Patrick soon realizes that he has stumbled onto a dangerous racketeering operation when Manuel Perez, Agnes' driver, is found murdered. Believing that Agnes is in a great deal of danger, Patrick tries to dissuade her from executing her plan, but she responds by accusing him of being an operative for Lilley. During their conversation, Agnes tells Patrick that she suspects that George is really a counterfeiter named Freddie Nigh. Later, Audrey tells Agnes that she and Patrick are engaged, after which Agnes, devastated by the news, goes to Lilley's. Patrick follows her there, and he and Agnes discover Lilley's plan to flood Europe with counterfeit bills. Patrick and Agnes are then caught searching Lilley's house, and are about to be killed when Audrey arrives, unaware of the danger they all face. Lilley sentences Audrey to die with the others, and assigns a guard to carry out the executions while he plans to flee the country. Patrick manages to overpower the guard and free Audrey and Agnes, but the three are quickly recaptured by George. While attempting to transport his three prisoners back to the house, George is arrested by Graeme and the Mexican police. With George, Lilley and the other racketeers in police custody, Audrey tells Agnes that she was lying about her engagement to Patrick, leaving Agnes free to resume her romance with the secret agent. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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