The World Gone Mad (1933)

69, 72 or 79-80 mins | Drama | 1933

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writer:

Edward T. Lowe

Producer:

Phil Goldstone

Cinematographer:

Ira Morgan

Editor:

Otis Garrett

Production Designer:

Charles D. Hall

Production Company:

Majestic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Public Be Damned . Sources disagree concerning the release ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Public Be Damned . Sources disagree concerning the release date. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
15 Apr 33
p. 3.
Harrison's Reports
22 Apr 33
p. 62.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 33
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Apr 33
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Apr 33
p. 37.
New York Times
15 Apr 33
p. 16.
The Exhibitor
25 Mar 33
p. 8.
Variety
18 Apr 33
p. 21.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Public Be Damned
Release Date:
1933
Premiere Information:
release: 1 April or 15 June 1933
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69, 72 or 79-80
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Unknown to Grover Cromwell, the president of Cromwell Investment Corporation, his two underlings, Graham Gaines and Osborne, arrange an investment pyramid scheme through which they stand to make nine million dollars. Because District Attorney Avery Henderson learns of the scheme, Gaines pays Christopher Bruno, president of the Continental Importing and Exporting Company, which supplies speakeasies with liquor, to arrange for Henderson's murder. Henderson receives a phone call from Carlotta Lamont, who identifies herself as the sweetheart of Harley Kemp, the government examiner who was paid to falsify statements of Suburban Utilities, a Cromwell subsidiary. Henderson is then killed in her hotel room by hired gunman Ramon Salvadore. The murder becomes a scandal when "witnesses" testify that Henderson's redheaded mistress shot him. Henderson's friends, roommates Andy Terrell, a hard-nosed, woman-chasing reporter, and Lionel Houston, who has become the new district attorney and who is engaged to Cromwell's daughter Diane, break the news to Henderson's wife Evelyn. After Lionel confronts Cromwell and Gaines with evidence implicating Kemp in the scheme, Gaines calls Bruno again, but Lionel escapes unharmed when a truck collides with his car. When Lionel receives Kemp's suicide note and confession, he accuses Cromwell. Diane, siding with her furious father, tells Lionel to leave. When Andy attempts to seduce Carlotta, who is mistress to both Salvadore and Bruno, he is captured and induced by Salvadore and Bruno to lure Lionel to their apartment. Suspicious of Andy's call, Lionel arrives with the police, who kill Salvadore and capture Bruno and Carlotta. Meanwhile, when Cromwell learns of the pyramiding scheme, he drives himself and Gaines into the path of a speeding train. Henderson ... +


Unknown to Grover Cromwell, the president of Cromwell Investment Corporation, his two underlings, Graham Gaines and Osborne, arrange an investment pyramid scheme through which they stand to make nine million dollars. Because District Attorney Avery Henderson learns of the scheme, Gaines pays Christopher Bruno, president of the Continental Importing and Exporting Company, which supplies speakeasies with liquor, to arrange for Henderson's murder. Henderson receives a phone call from Carlotta Lamont, who identifies herself as the sweetheart of Harley Kemp, the government examiner who was paid to falsify statements of Suburban Utilities, a Cromwell subsidiary. Henderson is then killed in her hotel room by hired gunman Ramon Salvadore. The murder becomes a scandal when "witnesses" testify that Henderson's redheaded mistress shot him. Henderson's friends, roommates Andy Terrell, a hard-nosed, woman-chasing reporter, and Lionel Houston, who has become the new district attorney and who is engaged to Cromwell's daughter Diane, break the news to Henderson's wife Evelyn. After Lionel confronts Cromwell and Gaines with evidence implicating Kemp in the scheme, Gaines calls Bruno again, but Lionel escapes unharmed when a truck collides with his car. When Lionel receives Kemp's suicide note and confession, he accuses Cromwell. Diane, siding with her furious father, tells Lionel to leave. When Andy attempts to seduce Carlotta, who is mistress to both Salvadore and Bruno, he is captured and induced by Salvadore and Bruno to lure Lionel to their apartment. Suspicious of Andy's call, Lionel arrives with the police, who kill Salvadore and capture Bruno and Carlotta. Meanwhile, when Cromwell learns of the pyramiding scheme, he drives himself and Gaines into the path of a speeding train. Henderson is exonerated, and Lionel and Diane marry. +

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