Emergency Squad (1940)

58 mins | Drama | 5 January 1940

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
4 Jan 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Jan 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Aug 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
9 Jan 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Nov 39
p. 55.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jan 40
p. 40.
Variety
17 Apr 40
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Idea by
Idea by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 January 1940
Production Date:
began mid August 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 December 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9332
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5689
SYNOPSIS

Fresh out of journalism school, fledgling reporter Betty Bryant badgers city editor Joyce into giving her a job on the paper. Informed that human interest stories pop up several times a day at the emergency squad station, Betty heads in that direction, where she meets rookie Pete Barton, "Chesty" Miller and Pete's brother Dan, with whom she falls in love. Meanwhile, Slade Wiley, an unscrupulous contractor, has won the bid on a contract to build the underwater Newford Tunnel. Discovering that his low bid is causing him to lose large amounts of money, Wiley conspires with underworld leader Nick Buller to detonate a series of explosions that will panic the stockholders into selling their shares at ridiculously low prices, thus enabling Wiley to gain control of the stock. Reasoning that Betty's publicity would assist their plans, Wiley and Buller keep in close contact with her and allow her access to the construction site. Their plan succeeds, but Pete is killed during a rescue effort, and after six explosions, Betty's paper launches an investigation. To create an alibi, Wiley and Buller take her on a trip into the tunnel, planning an explosion to occur nearby. An unintended accident occurs, however, causing the tunnel to decompress and threatening their lives. When Betty realizes that Wiley and Buller have been the cause of the previous explosions, they knock her out and are rescued by Dan and Chesty. Realizing that Betty was with them, Dan returns to the tunnel and rescues her, narrowly escaping the explosion. Justice is served as Wiley and Buller are arraigned and sentenced, Chesty is reunited with his wife and child, and Betty ... +


Fresh out of journalism school, fledgling reporter Betty Bryant badgers city editor Joyce into giving her a job on the paper. Informed that human interest stories pop up several times a day at the emergency squad station, Betty heads in that direction, where she meets rookie Pete Barton, "Chesty" Miller and Pete's brother Dan, with whom she falls in love. Meanwhile, Slade Wiley, an unscrupulous contractor, has won the bid on a contract to build the underwater Newford Tunnel. Discovering that his low bid is causing him to lose large amounts of money, Wiley conspires with underworld leader Nick Buller to detonate a series of explosions that will panic the stockholders into selling their shares at ridiculously low prices, thus enabling Wiley to gain control of the stock. Reasoning that Betty's publicity would assist their plans, Wiley and Buller keep in close contact with her and allow her access to the construction site. Their plan succeeds, but Pete is killed during a rescue effort, and after six explosions, Betty's paper launches an investigation. To create an alibi, Wiley and Buller take her on a trip into the tunnel, planning an explosion to occur nearby. An unintended accident occurs, however, causing the tunnel to decompress and threatening their lives. When Betty realizes that Wiley and Buller have been the cause of the previous explosions, they knock her out and are rescued by Dan and Chesty. Realizing that Betty was with them, Dan returns to the tunnel and rescues her, narrowly escaping the explosion. Justice is served as Wiley and Buller are arraigned and sentenced, Chesty is reunited with his wife and child, and Betty and Dan are finally free to pursue their romance. +

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