City Limits (1934)

70 mins | Comedy-drama | 1 May 1934

Director:

William Nigh

Writer:

George Waggner

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Editor:

Jack Ogilvie

Production Company:

Monogram Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

An HR production chart lists Billie Van Every and Phyllis Lee in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to publicity items deposited with the copyright records, six unspecified locations were used during this production. A HR news item states that filming was delayed because of difficulties with the railroad ... More Less

An HR production chart lists Billie Van Every and Phyllis Lee in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to publicity items deposited with the copyright records, six unspecified locations were used during this production. A HR news item states that filming was delayed because of difficulties with the railroad exteriors. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14-Apr-34
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Daily Variety
1 Feb 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
12 Feb 34
p. 7.
Daily Variety
24 Mar 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Mar 34
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Feb 34
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Feb 34
p. 5.
Motion Picture Daily
6 Apr 34
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Jun 34
p. 122.
Variety
10 Jul 34
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Wm. T. Lackey Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Vice-President in charge of production
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel City Limits by Jack Woodford (pseudonym for Josiah Pitts Woolfolk, 1894-1971) (William Godwin, Inc., New York, 1932).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 May 1934
Production Date:
2 February--12 February 1934 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 May 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4702
Physical Properties:
Sound
Balsley & Phillips Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,400
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After railroad magnate J. B. Matthews gains control of a railroad line as the result of clever stock manipulations, reporter Jimmy Dugan is assigned to cover the story for his newspaper. At J. B.'s offices, however, Jimmy and a pack of his fellow reporters are turned away without receiving any information about the deal. Undaunted, Jimmy disguises himself as the assistant of J. B.'s doctor and presents himself to the tycoon at his private estate. While treating the harried, dyspeptic J. B., Jimmy is recognized by J. B.'s pretty daughter Helen, who informs her father of Jimmy's impersonation. To rid himself of the reporter, J. B. asks Jimmy to accompany him on a short vacation and instructs him to meet him at his private train car. Minutes before Jimmy's arrival, J. B. takes off on his train, forcing Jimmy to pursue him by automobile and motorcycle. During the chase, J. B. falls off his train car, twisting his ankle, and is picked up by Nap and King, two hoboes. Sure that J. B. is deranged, Nap and King treat him like one of their own. Consequently, while Jimmy, who has caught up to J. B.'s train, searches frantically for the tycoon, J. B. is introduced to the carefree life of a hobo. During J. B.'s absence, however, business rival Oliver plots to take over the railroad through his own stock manipulations. Aided by a printed photograph and a posted reward, Jimmy eventually discovers J. B.'s whereabouts and warns him about Oliver's machinations. Oliver, however, tries to prevent Jimmy from returning J. B. to his business, but after a series of ... +


After railroad magnate J. B. Matthews gains control of a railroad line as the result of clever stock manipulations, reporter Jimmy Dugan is assigned to cover the story for his newspaper. At J. B.'s offices, however, Jimmy and a pack of his fellow reporters are turned away without receiving any information about the deal. Undaunted, Jimmy disguises himself as the assistant of J. B.'s doctor and presents himself to the tycoon at his private estate. While treating the harried, dyspeptic J. B., Jimmy is recognized by J. B.'s pretty daughter Helen, who informs her father of Jimmy's impersonation. To rid himself of the reporter, J. B. asks Jimmy to accompany him on a short vacation and instructs him to meet him at his private train car. Minutes before Jimmy's arrival, J. B. takes off on his train, forcing Jimmy to pursue him by automobile and motorcycle. During the chase, J. B. falls off his train car, twisting his ankle, and is picked up by Nap and King, two hoboes. Sure that J. B. is deranged, Nap and King treat him like one of their own. Consequently, while Jimmy, who has caught up to J. B.'s train, searches frantically for the tycoon, J. B. is introduced to the carefree life of a hobo. During J. B.'s absence, however, business rival Oliver plots to take over the railroad through his own stock manipulations. Aided by a printed photograph and a posted reward, Jimmy eventually discovers J. B.'s whereabouts and warns him about Oliver's machinations. Oliver, however, tries to prevent Jimmy from returning J. B. to his business, but after a series of narrow escapes and chases, Jimmy delivers J. B. in time to stop Oliver's take-over. Jimmy, having proven himself worthy, is embraced by Helen, while a healthier and happier J. B. invites Nap and King to dine with him on the lawn of his estate. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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