Partners in Crime (1937)

62 mins | Comedy-drama | 8 October 1937

Director:

Ralph Murphy

Writer:

Garnett Weston

Producer:

William T. Lackey

Cinematographer:

Henry Sharp

Editor:

Eda Warren

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Robert Odell

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

A working title for this film was Murder Goes to Jail . According to a 19 Feb 1937 HR news item, Paramount planned to develop a series based on Kurt Steel's characters. In Mar 1937, Paramount released Murder Goes to College , also based on Steel's novel. The second film in the series was announced as Murder Goes to the Races . It is not known if Murder Goes to the Races was a working title for Partners in Crime , or if it was a separate story that was never filmed. Lynne Overman, as "Detective Hank Hyer," and Roscoe Karns, as reporter "Sim Perkins," appear in both Murder Goes to College and Partners in Crime , although no other films based on their characters were made. According to a 13 Jul 1937 news item in HR , Porter Hall, originally cast as Silas Wagon, left the set to attend the funeral of his mother and was replaced by Charles Halton. All of Hall's scenes were ... More Less

A working title for this film was Murder Goes to Jail . According to a 19 Feb 1937 HR news item, Paramount planned to develop a series based on Kurt Steel's characters. In Mar 1937, Paramount released Murder Goes to College , also based on Steel's novel. The second film in the series was announced as Murder Goes to the Races . It is not known if Murder Goes to the Races was a working title for Partners in Crime , or if it was a separate story that was never filmed. Lynne Overman, as "Detective Hank Hyer," and Roscoe Karns, as reporter "Sim Perkins," appear in both Murder Goes to College and Partners in Crime , although no other films based on their characters were made. According to a 13 Jul 1937 news item in HR , Porter Hall, originally cast as Silas Wagon, left the set to attend the funeral of his mother and was replaced by Charles Halton. All of Hall's scenes were reshot. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Sep 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
8 Sep 37
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 37
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 37
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Sep 37
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
8 Sep 37
p. 2.
Variety
20 Oct 37
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Bill Franey
Francis H. Sayles
Arthur Shank
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
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Contr to dial
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SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Murder Goes to College by Kurt Steel (Indianapolis, 1936).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Murder Goes to the Races
Murder Goes to Jail
Release Date:
8 October 1937
Production Date:
began early July 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 October 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7493
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3587
SYNOPSIS

Detective Hank Hyer and reporter Sim Perkins of The Star are nearly evicted from Twitchell Arms apartments. Hank then needles Silas Wagon, who is running for mayor, into hiring him to help him defeat incumbent Callaghan, a grafter, who is running a crooked campaign. Next, Odette La Vin checks into Twitchell Arms with ex-con Nick Mazaney in order to blackmail Wagon with a bigamy scandal by claiming she is his daughter. However, Callaghan, who hired Mazaney to get rid of Wagon, realizes Mazaney might get a higher price from Wagon by letting him win the election and has him arrested. Odette goes ahead with her scheme, however, and gives Wagon one day to come up with $10,000. Hank then gets Sim drunk to land him in jail with Mazaney and interview him. Odette makes her move during a campaign speech, calling Wagon "father" and getting her story in the newspapers. Callaghan is confused because he knows Odette is not on the payroll. Hank then makes a speech to Wagon's constituents about the cause being "greater than any individual," making a case for Sim to run for mayor on the laurels of his editorials, which have been criticizing Callaghan and his grafters. In jail, meanwhile, Sim offers his cold medicine to Mazaney, who apparently falls dead. Sim is accused of murder until Hank discovers a poisoned cigarette butt in the cell, which was delivered by a messenger to Mazaney. The messenger identifies Wagon as the murderer, but Hank proves the cigarettes came from Odette. Mazaney then recovers and the police arrest Odette for a string of ... +


Detective Hank Hyer and reporter Sim Perkins of The Star are nearly evicted from Twitchell Arms apartments. Hank then needles Silas Wagon, who is running for mayor, into hiring him to help him defeat incumbent Callaghan, a grafter, who is running a crooked campaign. Next, Odette La Vin checks into Twitchell Arms with ex-con Nick Mazaney in order to blackmail Wagon with a bigamy scandal by claiming she is his daughter. However, Callaghan, who hired Mazaney to get rid of Wagon, realizes Mazaney might get a higher price from Wagon by letting him win the election and has him arrested. Odette goes ahead with her scheme, however, and gives Wagon one day to come up with $10,000. Hank then gets Sim drunk to land him in jail with Mazaney and interview him. Odette makes her move during a campaign speech, calling Wagon "father" and getting her story in the newspapers. Callaghan is confused because he knows Odette is not on the payroll. Hank then makes a speech to Wagon's constituents about the cause being "greater than any individual," making a case for Sim to run for mayor on the laurels of his editorials, which have been criticizing Callaghan and his grafters. In jail, meanwhile, Sim offers his cold medicine to Mazaney, who apparently falls dead. Sim is accused of murder until Hank discovers a poisoned cigarette butt in the cell, which was delivered by a messenger to Mazaney. The messenger identifies Wagon as the murderer, but Hank proves the cigarettes came from Odette. Mazaney then recovers and the police arrest Odette for a string of crimes perpetrated across the country. Sim runs for mayor against Callaghan and wins, but, much to Sim's relief, Callaghan reveals that Sim is a Canadian citizen and kicks Hank out of town. +

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