White Lightning (1953)

61 mins | Drama | 8 March 1953

Director:

Edward Bernds

Producer:

Ben Schwalb

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Production Designer:

David Milton

Production Company:

Allied Artists Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Hit the Ice . The synopsis is based on reviews and a summary in copyright ... More Less

The working title of this film was Hit the Ice . The synopsis is based on reviews and a summary in copyright records. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Mar 1953.
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Daily Variety
2 Mar 53
p. 4.
Harrison's Reports
7 Mar 1953
p. 40.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 1953.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 53
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
7 Mar 53
p. 1751.
The Exhibitor
25 Mar 1953
p. 3485.
Variety
4 Mar 53
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Research supv
Dial supv
Tech supv
Set cont
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Hit the Ice
Release Date:
8 March 1953
Production Date:
began late November 1952
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 March 1953
Copyright Number:
LP2473
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in feet):
5,508
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16239
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jack Monohan’s professional ice hockey team, the Red Devils, never wins a game, which results in Jack becoming indebted to a gambling ring run by Rocky Gibraltar, Benny Brown and Brutus Allen. The syndicate, which has been bribing Red Devils player Nelson to throw the games, only makes money when the team loses. However, the Red Devils start to win after Jack hires his childhood friend, Mike Connors, to play for the team. Although Mike’s teammates dislike him because of his intolerable ego, Jack’s younger sister Margaret, who has just graduated from finishing school, falls in love with Mike despite his attempts to convince her that he is not worthy of her affection. When Jack learns about Margaret’s romance he beats up Mike, unaware that his friend has behaved honorably. After Nelson’s duplicity is revealed and he is fired by Jack, Mike is approached by Gibraltar, Brown and Allen to throw the next game, and he accepts their bribe. However, during the game Mike is persuaded to help the team by a young fan named Davey. As a result, Mike's newfound zeal helps the Red Devils win, thereby earning Jack’s trust and Margaret’s ... +


Jack Monohan’s professional ice hockey team, the Red Devils, never wins a game, which results in Jack becoming indebted to a gambling ring run by Rocky Gibraltar, Benny Brown and Brutus Allen. The syndicate, which has been bribing Red Devils player Nelson to throw the games, only makes money when the team loses. However, the Red Devils start to win after Jack hires his childhood friend, Mike Connors, to play for the team. Although Mike’s teammates dislike him because of his intolerable ego, Jack’s younger sister Margaret, who has just graduated from finishing school, falls in love with Mike despite his attempts to convince her that he is not worthy of her affection. When Jack learns about Margaret’s romance he beats up Mike, unaware that his friend has behaved honorably. After Nelson’s duplicity is revealed and he is fired by Jack, Mike is approached by Gibraltar, Brown and Allen to throw the next game, and he accepts their bribe. However, during the game Mike is persuaded to help the team by a young fan named Davey. As a result, Mike's newfound zeal helps the Red Devils win, thereby earning Jack’s trust and Margaret’s love. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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