Hunted Men (1938)

65 mins | Drama | 27 May 1938

Director:

Louis King

Producer:

Harold Hurley

Cinematographer:

Victor Milner

Editor:

Anne Bauchens

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Franz Bachelin

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to the SAB, Albert Duffy and Marian Grant's play was not published. The pre-release title of this film was Crime Gives Orders ... More Less

According to the SAB, Albert Duffy and Marian Grant's play was not published. The pre-release title of this film was Crime Gives Orders . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 May 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 May 38
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 38
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 38
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 May 38
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Mar 38
p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald
14 May 38
p. 54.
New York Times
21 May 38
p. 9.
Variety
18 May 38
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
PRODUCTION MISC
Bus mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Queen's Local by Albert Duffy and Marian Grant (production undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Crime Gives Orders
Release Date:
27 May 1938
Production Date:
mid February--mid March 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 May 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8057
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4175
SYNOPSIS

Notorious racketeer Joe Albany kills James Flowers when he discovers he is embezzling from the club they own. Joe escapes through a window and hails a taxi, but when he gets nervous at the sound of sirens, he jumps out. Hardware salesman Peter Harris accidentally hits Joe with his car, and unharmed, Joe seizes this opportunity to hide in Peter's car. Peter is so drunk that Joe is able to con him into believing that he is Charles Edwards, a fellow hardware man who was with him at a convention, and in the guise of friendship, accompanies Peter to his suburban home. The next morning, Joe gets antsy and wants to leave, but Peter's family, his wife Mary, young son Robert and daughter Jane all entreat him to stay. Later his lawyer, Morton Rice, advises him that the Harris home is the safest hideout, so Joe reveals his true identity to Peter and Mary, and becomes their unwelcome guest. While Peter and Mary are nervous wrecks because of Joe's presence, Robert and Jane have become fond of "Charles." To Robert, Joe is a role model, especially after Joe buys him a toy G-man outfit. Robert swears Joe into his secret G-man club, but the oath that Joe takes makes him uncomfortable, as he has to swear never to raise his hand against the law. After encouraging a friendship with Jane, whose innocence and imagination are unlike any woman he has ever encountered, he rejects her confession of love, knowing that he is saving her from future unhappiness. Finally, a photograph that Robert unwittingly took of Joe leads the police to ... +


Notorious racketeer Joe Albany kills James Flowers when he discovers he is embezzling from the club they own. Joe escapes through a window and hails a taxi, but when he gets nervous at the sound of sirens, he jumps out. Hardware salesman Peter Harris accidentally hits Joe with his car, and unharmed, Joe seizes this opportunity to hide in Peter's car. Peter is so drunk that Joe is able to con him into believing that he is Charles Edwards, a fellow hardware man who was with him at a convention, and in the guise of friendship, accompanies Peter to his suburban home. The next morning, Joe gets antsy and wants to leave, but Peter's family, his wife Mary, young son Robert and daughter Jane all entreat him to stay. Later his lawyer, Morton Rice, advises him that the Harris home is the safest hideout, so Joe reveals his true identity to Peter and Mary, and becomes their unwelcome guest. While Peter and Mary are nervous wrecks because of Joe's presence, Robert and Jane have become fond of "Charles." To Robert, Joe is a role model, especially after Joe buys him a toy G-man outfit. Robert swears Joe into his secret G-man club, but the oath that Joe takes makes him uncomfortable, as he has to swear never to raise his hand against the law. After encouraging a friendship with Jane, whose innocence and imagination are unlike any woman he has ever encountered, he rejects her confession of love, knowing that he is saving her from future unhappiness. Finally, a photograph that Robert unwittingly took of Joe leads the police to the Harris home. The police arrest Joe's thugs, who have taken up residence across the street, and then order Joe to come out, or they will come in shooting. At first, Joe takes the family and their friends hostage, but Robert's disappointment upon discovering Joe's identity causes Joe to have a change of heart and hand his gun to Peter and give himself up. Joe walks out of the house, but when he refuses to raise his arms for the police and reaches into his coatpocket, they gun him down. As he dies, Joe recalls some of Jane and Robert's words of innocent wisdom. +

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