Grand Jury (1936)

60-61 mins | Comedy-drama | 7 August 1936

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Producer:

Lee Marcus

Cinematographer:

Joseph August

Editor:

Jack Hively

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

According to HR , Albert Rogell had to replace Charles Vidor as director after the production was delayed due to story problems. HR production charts and news items add William Davidson, George Lloyd, G. Pat Collins, Matty Fain, Curly Wright, Harry Bowen and Herbert Rawlinson to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

According to HR , Albert Rogell had to replace Charles Vidor as director after the production was delayed due to story problems. HR production charts and news items add William Davidson, George Lloyd, G. Pat Collins, Matty Fain, Curly Wright, Harry Bowen and Herbert Rawlinson to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Jul 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Aug 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 36
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 36
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 36
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Jul 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
27 Jul 36
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Aug 36
p. 39.
New York Times
1 Aug 36
p. 16.
Variety
5 Aug 36
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 August 1936
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 31 July 1936
Production Date:
mid June--early July 1936
Copyright Claimant:
RKO-Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 July 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6535
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2369
SYNOPSIS

When John Taylor, whose father is Commodore George Taylor, one of his town's founders, is selected to serve on a grand jury that is investigating the gang-related murder of a young man, he and the other jurors vote for no indictment out of fear of gang reprisal. Furious that his son's murderer is to be set free, Tom Evans shoots and wounds Joseph Britt, the suspected killer, in court. Later in jail, Evans tells George that he has evidence that would incriminate not only Britt, but several prominent townsmen as well. George relates this information to Steve O'Connell, a frustrated cub reporter who is engaged to George's granddaughter Edith, and Steve, in turn, leaks it to his newspaper. After he reads the subsequent front page article, Jim Hanify, a respected citizen and the leader of the gang, plots with Britt and his other men to have Evans released from jail and killed. Unaware of George's prior connection to Evans, Hanify chooses George to head a citizen's committee to have Evans bailed out of jail. Immediately after his release, Evans is shot and killed by Britt outside of George's house, and although Steve was a witness to the murder, he is scooped by his rival reporters and loses his job. To save Steve's career, George lies to the editor that Steve heard Evans' dying statement in which he revealed the names of his son's killers. Following another sensational headline, George receives a threatening telephone call from Britt, which prompts John to hire Davis, a bodyguard, to protect his father. Determined to catch Britt himself, however, George eludes Davis and eventually tracks the killers to ... +


When John Taylor, whose father is Commodore George Taylor, one of his town's founders, is selected to serve on a grand jury that is investigating the gang-related murder of a young man, he and the other jurors vote for no indictment out of fear of gang reprisal. Furious that his son's murderer is to be set free, Tom Evans shoots and wounds Joseph Britt, the suspected killer, in court. Later in jail, Evans tells George that he has evidence that would incriminate not only Britt, but several prominent townsmen as well. George relates this information to Steve O'Connell, a frustrated cub reporter who is engaged to George's granddaughter Edith, and Steve, in turn, leaks it to his newspaper. After he reads the subsequent front page article, Jim Hanify, a respected citizen and the leader of the gang, plots with Britt and his other men to have Evans released from jail and killed. Unaware of George's prior connection to Evans, Hanify chooses George to head a citizen's committee to have Evans bailed out of jail. Immediately after his release, Evans is shot and killed by Britt outside of George's house, and although Steve was a witness to the murder, he is scooped by his rival reporters and loses his job. To save Steve's career, George lies to the editor that Steve heard Evans' dying statement in which he revealed the names of his son's killers. Following another sensational headline, George receives a threatening telephone call from Britt, which prompts John to hire Davis, a bodyguard, to protect his father. Determined to catch Britt himself, however, George eludes Davis and eventually tracks the killers to their hideout. There George, who is eavesdropping through a door, mistakes a "Monopoly" game for genuine criminal plotting and, with Steve, ends up a captive of the gangsters. After Britt ties up George and Steve and then leaves, real money that was used in the "Monopoly" game blows out of the eighth-story window and is identified as stolen by a policeman. Just as Britt is about to shoot George and Steve, the police arrive and, following a brief gun battle, overcome the gangsters. +

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