We're Only Human (1935)

67-68 mins | Drama | 27 December 1935

Director:

James Flood

Writer:

Rian James

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Archie Marshek

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Full page view
HISTORY

The working title of this film was Husk . RKO borrowed Jane Wyatt from Universal for the production. HR production charts add Joe Reilly , Pat O'Malley, Landers Stevens, Maxine Jennings, Guy Usher, Ward Bond, Marie Osborne, William Burress and Monte Vandegrift to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The preview running time was 80 minutes, suggesting that film was edited significantly before its general ... More Less

The working title of this film was Husk . RKO borrowed Jane Wyatt from Universal for the production. HR production charts add Joe Reilly , Pat O'Malley, Landers Stevens, Maxine Jennings, Guy Usher, Ward Bond, Marie Osborne, William Burress and Monte Vandegrift to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The preview running time was 80 minutes, suggesting that film was edited significantly before its general release. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Dec 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Jan 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Sep 35
p. 26.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Sep 35
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 35
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 35
pp. 10-11.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Dec 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Dec 35
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
19 Oct 35
p. 90.
Motion Picture Herald
14 Dec 35
p. 59.
New York Times
18 Jan 36
p. 19.
Variety
22 Jan 36
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Husk
Release Date:
27 December 1935
Production Date:
mid September--late October 1935
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 December 1935
Copyright Number:
LP6087
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67-68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1721
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

As reporter Sally Rogers watches, Detective Sergeant Pete McCaffrey single-handedly apprehends escaped convict William "Lefty" Berger outside his New York City hideout. Although Sally is impressed with Pete's bravery, his superior, Inspector R. J. Curran, rebukes him for ruining an opportunity to arrest Berger's entire gang, and Sally's editor forces her to write a scathing article about the incident. Criticized on all sides, Pete vents his fury at Sally but, undeniably attracted to her, meets her later for dinner. The next day, while Pete and Casey, another detective, are transporting Berger on a train, the gangster fires a planted gun at Casey, then makes his escape. During his subsequent suspension, an unarmed Pete accompanies his partner, Danny Walsh, to a bank robbery and, after delivering a lecture on the evils of fear and caution, helps him to overwhelm the thieves. Although Pete is unhurt, Danny receives a fatal shot during the confrontation, which causes Pete to rail against Danny's fears in front of his widow and Sally. After Sally berates Pete for his insensitivity, Pete is given several notes from Berger, who teases him about a statement he had made to the press about catching the fugitive within thirty days. Eventually Berger emerges from hiding long enough to kill Martin, the lawyer who had informed on him, and is seen by passersby William Anderson and his son Tommy. Before Anderson identifies Berger as the killer, he receives a telephone call threatening his family and refuses to identify Berger. Determined to catch Berger, Pete forces Tommy to the police station, while Berger orders Anderson's mother to be kidnapped. During Pete's struggle to save ... +


As reporter Sally Rogers watches, Detective Sergeant Pete McCaffrey single-handedly apprehends escaped convict William "Lefty" Berger outside his New York City hideout. Although Sally is impressed with Pete's bravery, his superior, Inspector R. J. Curran, rebukes him for ruining an opportunity to arrest Berger's entire gang, and Sally's editor forces her to write a scathing article about the incident. Criticized on all sides, Pete vents his fury at Sally but, undeniably attracted to her, meets her later for dinner. The next day, while Pete and Casey, another detective, are transporting Berger on a train, the gangster fires a planted gun at Casey, then makes his escape. During his subsequent suspension, an unarmed Pete accompanies his partner, Danny Walsh, to a bank robbery and, after delivering a lecture on the evils of fear and caution, helps him to overwhelm the thieves. Although Pete is unhurt, Danny receives a fatal shot during the confrontation, which causes Pete to rail against Danny's fears in front of his widow and Sally. After Sally berates Pete for his insensitivity, Pete is given several notes from Berger, who teases him about a statement he had made to the press about catching the fugitive within thirty days. Eventually Berger emerges from hiding long enough to kill Martin, the lawyer who had informed on him, and is seen by passersby William Anderson and his son Tommy. Before Anderson identifies Berger as the killer, he receives a telephone call threatening his family and refuses to identify Berger. Determined to catch Berger, Pete forces Tommy to the police station, while Berger orders Anderson's mother to be kidnapped. During Pete's struggle to save the old woman, he is shot by Berger's gunmen. Temporarily blinded, Pete suddenly loses his nerve and, in spite of Sally's support, is filled with self-loathing. Soon after, Berger shoots another of his betrayers, who just before dying, tells Sally where Mrs. Anderson is being held. Sally then takes Anderson and Pete to Mrs. Anderson on condition that no other policemen be involved. After Anderson is almost killed trying to save his mother, Pete overcomes his fear, storms the hideout, kills Berger and his men and rescues Mrs. Anderson. +

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

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.