Persons in Hiding (1939)

69 mins | Drama | 10 February 1939

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HISTORY

According to an unidentified contemporary source, J. Edgar Hoover sold his book to Paramount for $10,000. This was the first in a series of four films based on Hoover's book. The other films were Undercover Doctor , Parole Fixer and Queen of the Mob . According to the Var review for Undercover Doctor , Hoover exercised approval over the stories, completed production, and advertising for these films. According to an early HR production chart, James Hogan was originally scheduled to direct and Hal Walker was to serve as his assistant director, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The copyright records credit John Cope as sound recorder, but his name does not appear in the onscreen ... More Less

According to an unidentified contemporary source, J. Edgar Hoover sold his book to Paramount for $10,000. This was the first in a series of four films based on Hoover's book. The other films were Undercover Doctor , Parole Fixer and Queen of the Mob . According to the Var review for Undercover Doctor , Hoover exercised approval over the stories, completed production, and advertising for these films. According to an early HR production chart, James Hogan was originally scheduled to direct and Hal Walker was to serve as his assistant director, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The copyright records credit John Cope as sound recorder, but his name does not appear in the onscreen credits. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Jan 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Jan 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 38
p. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jan 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Jan 39
p. 8.
New York Times
2 Mar 39
p. 19.
Variety
25 Jan 39
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the book Persons in Hiding by J. Edgar Hoover (Boston, 1938).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1939
Production Date:
began mid October 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 February 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8712
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4828
SYNOPSIS

Dorothy Bronson, a ruthless child of impoverished farmers, is determined to muscle her way into the good life. Believing that crime offers the quickest path to wealth, Dot teams up with Freddie "Gunner" Martin, a petty crook. After marrying Freddie, Dot grooms him to be a big-time criminal, engineering bigger and bigger jobs until she is the power behind a gang that will stop at nothing to get what it want. Freddie begins to worry as Dot squanders their plunder on furs and expensive perfumes. Flagler, another gangster proposes that they kidnap billionaire Burt Nast, but when Dot's gang stages Nast's kidnapping, she becomes the concern of the FBI, and the case is assigned to Pete Griswold, a relentless government agent, and his partner, Dan Waldron. Working with the ransomed Nast, Griswold traces the gang's hideout to Dot's parents' farm. In a blazing shootout, Dot and Freddie escape, but Dot's parents and Flagler are arrested. Feeling guilty about her mother's arrest, a remorseful Dot promises to turn Freddie over to the police in exchange for her mother's release. Learning of Dot's duplicity, Freddie tells the police where to find her and the money. Even with Freddie's information, however, the FBI searches in vain for Dot until she makes the mistake of purchasing a bottle of her favorite perfume, thus tipping the police off to her whereabouts. Brought to justice by Griswold and Waldron, Dorothy is convicted and learns that crime does not ... +


Dorothy Bronson, a ruthless child of impoverished farmers, is determined to muscle her way into the good life. Believing that crime offers the quickest path to wealth, Dot teams up with Freddie "Gunner" Martin, a petty crook. After marrying Freddie, Dot grooms him to be a big-time criminal, engineering bigger and bigger jobs until she is the power behind a gang that will stop at nothing to get what it want. Freddie begins to worry as Dot squanders their plunder on furs and expensive perfumes. Flagler, another gangster proposes that they kidnap billionaire Burt Nast, but when Dot's gang stages Nast's kidnapping, she becomes the concern of the FBI, and the case is assigned to Pete Griswold, a relentless government agent, and his partner, Dan Waldron. Working with the ransomed Nast, Griswold traces the gang's hideout to Dot's parents' farm. In a blazing shootout, Dot and Freddie escape, but Dot's parents and Flagler are arrested. Feeling guilty about her mother's arrest, a remorseful Dot promises to turn Freddie over to the police in exchange for her mother's release. Learning of Dot's duplicity, Freddie tells the police where to find her and the money. Even with Freddie's information, however, the FBI searches in vain for Dot until she makes the mistake of purchasing a bottle of her favorite perfume, thus tipping the police off to her whereabouts. Brought to justice by Griswold and Waldron, Dorothy is convicted and learns that crime does not pay. +

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