Lady Killer (1933)

67 or 73 mins | Drama | 9 December 1933

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Cinematographer:

Tony Gaudio

Editor:

George Amy

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was The Finger Man . Writer Lillie Hayward's first name was misspelled as "Lilie" in the onscreen credits. According to a news item in FD , Patricia Ellis was to play the second female lead along with Mae Clarke. DV reports that Warner Bros. was temporarily enjoined from using the title Lady Killer . The complaint of playwrights Fred and Alice Mandel alleged that Warner Bros. was notified of prior rights to the use of the title of their stage play and that releasing the film under that title was an infringement of title ... More Less

The film's working title was The Finger Man . Writer Lillie Hayward's first name was misspelled as "Lilie" in the onscreen credits. According to a news item in FD , Patricia Ellis was to play the second female lead along with Mae Clarke. DV reports that Warner Bros. was temporarily enjoined from using the title Lady Killer . The complaint of playwrights Fred and Alice Mandel alleged that Warner Bros. was notified of prior rights to the use of the title of their stage play and that releasing the film under that title was an infringement of title rights. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Nov 33
p. 3.
Daily Variety
24 Apr 34
p. 4.
Film Daily
16 Aug 33
p. 6.
Film Daily
28 Dec 33
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Nov 33
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Nov 33
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Dec 33
p. 53.
New York Times
1 Jan 34
p. 28.
Variety
2 Jan 34
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
From a story "Finger Man" by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Finger Man
Release Date:
9 December 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 December 1933
Copyright Number:
LP4319
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67 or 73
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While returning a purse dropped by attractive Myra Gale, Dan Quigley quickly learns that he has been the victim of a confidence game. He threatens the gang with exposure unless they cut him in on their profits. Dan works the racket so successfully that they are able to open a gambling club patronized by wealthy customers. When they spot a likely victim among the customers, Dan arranges a fake accident so he will be taken into the victim's house and cases it for his fellow gangsters. Eventually, the police suspect Dan's gang, and when someone dies during a robbery, the gang leaves town. They travel to Los Angeles, where Dan is arrested. He asks Myra to arrange his bail, but Spade Maddock, another gang member, talks her into using the money to leave town. Because they do not have enough evidence to hold Dan, the police release him. Looking like a hobo, he is offered work as a movie extra. One day, he stumbles into the dressing room of movie star Lois Underwood. He starts a self-promoting letter writing campaign, which convinces the studio that he would be a good choice for a new leading man. Dan and Lois become romantically involved, and things are going well for Dan until Myra and the gang return. They threaten to reveal his past unless he fingers wealthy Hollywood people for robberies. He refuses, paying the gang a large amount of money to leave town. They double-cross him, robbing Lois's house, and Dan is arrested. When the studio will not stand by him, Lois offers to pay his bail, ... +


While returning a purse dropped by attractive Myra Gale, Dan Quigley quickly learns that he has been the victim of a confidence game. He threatens the gang with exposure unless they cut him in on their profits. Dan works the racket so successfully that they are able to open a gambling club patronized by wealthy customers. When they spot a likely victim among the customers, Dan arranges a fake accident so he will be taken into the victim's house and cases it for his fellow gangsters. Eventually, the police suspect Dan's gang, and when someone dies during a robbery, the gang leaves town. They travel to Los Angeles, where Dan is arrested. He asks Myra to arrange his bail, but Spade Maddock, another gang member, talks her into using the money to leave town. Because they do not have enough evidence to hold Dan, the police release him. Looking like a hobo, he is offered work as a movie extra. One day, he stumbles into the dressing room of movie star Lois Underwood. He starts a self-promoting letter writing campaign, which convinces the studio that he would be a good choice for a new leading man. Dan and Lois become romantically involved, and things are going well for Dan until Myra and the gang return. They threaten to reveal his past unless he fingers wealthy Hollywood people for robberies. He refuses, paying the gang a large amount of money to leave town. They double-cross him, robbing Lois's house, and Dan is arrested. When the studio will not stand by him, Lois offers to pay his bail, but the gang beats her to it, planning to kill him before he can tell the police about their activites. Suspecting their motives, Dan tips off the police, and the gang is captured. After Dan is cleared of all charges and his career saved, he and Lois leave to get married. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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