Satan Met a Lady (1936)

74-75 mins | Mystery, Comedy | 8 August 1936

Director:

William Dieterle

Writer:

Brown Holmes

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

Warren Low

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Pre-release titles included: Men on Her Mind , Hard Luck Dame , The Man in the Black Hat and The Man with the Black Hat . Dashiell Hammett's novel was the basis for a number of other films. For remake information see The Maltese Falcon , 1931, ... More Less

Pre-release titles included: Men on Her Mind , Hard Luck Dame , The Man in the Black Hat and The Man with the Black Hat . Dashiell Hammett's novel was the basis for a number of other films. For remake information see The Maltese Falcon , 1931, above. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Dec 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Jul 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jul 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
21 Jul 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Jan 36
p. 27.
New York Times
23 Jul 36
p. 24.
Variety
29 Jul 36
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (New York, 1930).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hard Luck Dame
Men on Her Mind
The Man in the Black Hat
The Man with the Black Hat
Release Date:
8 August 1936
Production Date:
began 1 December 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 July 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6484
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74-75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1869
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Private detective Ted Shane returns to his old partner Ames after he is forced to leave another town. Ames is not happy to see Shane because he and Mrs. Ames were in love before she married Ames. Shane brings business into the agency, however, and one of their new clients is Valerie Purvis, who asks for help finding a man who jilted her. Ames follows her to a meeting with a man whom she hopes will lead her to her former lover. The next day both Ames and Farrow, the man he was following, are dead and Shane is the primary suspect. At Valerie's hotel, Shane demands the true story from her and she forces him out at gunpoint. When he gets home, Shane finds his apartment and his office have been ransacked, and his secretary, Miss Murgatroyd, has been locked in the closet. This is all the work of Anthony Travers, an Englishman on the trail of Roland's trumpet, an instrument which is rumoured to be filled with jewels. Shane suspects that Valerie is also searching for the horn, but she denies it. Madame Barabbas, a notorious criminal, sends a gunman to bring Shane to her. She, too, is looking for the trumpet. Shane takes money from all of them to find the horn, then receives a message to visit a recently docked ship. When he arrives at the docks, the ship is in flames and Valerie, Travers and Madame Barabbas are watching. In the confusion, Shane acquires the package containing the horn, which was transported on the destroyed ship, but when he opens it up, sand ... +


Private detective Ted Shane returns to his old partner Ames after he is forced to leave another town. Ames is not happy to see Shane because he and Mrs. Ames were in love before she married Ames. Shane brings business into the agency, however, and one of their new clients is Valerie Purvis, who asks for help finding a man who jilted her. Ames follows her to a meeting with a man whom she hopes will lead her to her former lover. The next day both Ames and Farrow, the man he was following, are dead and Shane is the primary suspect. At Valerie's hotel, Shane demands the true story from her and she forces him out at gunpoint. When he gets home, Shane finds his apartment and his office have been ransacked, and his secretary, Miss Murgatroyd, has been locked in the closet. This is all the work of Anthony Travers, an Englishman on the trail of Roland's trumpet, an instrument which is rumoured to be filled with jewels. Shane suspects that Valerie is also searching for the horn, but she denies it. Madame Barabbas, a notorious criminal, sends a gunman to bring Shane to her. She, too, is looking for the trumpet. Shane takes money from all of them to find the horn, then receives a message to visit a recently docked ship. When he arrives at the docks, the ship is in flames and Valerie, Travers and Madame Barabbas are watching. In the confusion, Shane acquires the package containing the horn, which was transported on the destroyed ship, but when he opens it up, sand pours out instead of jewels. The police round up all the criminals except Valerie. Shane escapes with her to the train, but before the next station, he accuses her of Ames' murder and delivers her to the waiting police when the train stops. Miss Murgatroyd is waiting for him and they leave together. +

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