Framed (1940)

60-61 mins | Mystery | 23 February 1940

Director:

Harold Schuster

Writer:

Roy Chanslor

Producer:

Ben Pivar

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Editor:

Otto Ludwig

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Trouble's My Middle Name . Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a cutting continuity included in the studio files. HR production charts add Edmund Lowe and Jerry Marlowe to the cast, but their participation in the film has not been ... More Less

The working title of this film was Trouble's My Middle Name . Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a cutting continuity included in the studio files. HR production charts add Edmund Lowe and Jerry Marlowe to the cast, but their participation in the film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 May 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 May 40
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Oct 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 May 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Nov 39
p. 41.
Variety
22 May 40
p. 33.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd tech
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit pub
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Trouble's My Middle Name
Release Date:
23 February 1940
Production Date:
began October 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9311
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5899
SYNOPSIS

When reporter Henry T. Parker informs Skippy, his city editor, that he is quitting the newspaper business to write the great American novel, Skippy persuades the reporter to cover one last story, the disappearance of prominent sportsman Walter Billings whom Hank recently persuaded to testify against blackmailer Tony Bowman. At a bar, Hank meets Monty de Granville, a society reporter, who tells Hank that he overheard that Billings was hiding out at the Hotel McAdams. Hank goes to the hotel, and just as he persuades Billings to testify, a shot rings out and Billings falls dead. Hank crashes into the bedroom and runs into Phyllis Sanderson, Billings' secretary, who has just entered from the hallway. Fleeing the scene of the crime, Hank hears a radio broadcast that reveals his press card was found at the scene of the crime and that he is wanted for murder. Realizing that he has been framed, Hank eludes the police and seeks out Monty, who tells him that he learned of Billings' hideout through Bowman's stooge, Matthew Mattison, and his girl friend, Goldie Green. After renting an ambulance, Hank dons an intern's uniform and leads Monty and Phyllis in search of the murderer. When Phyllis remembers smelling the scent of rare perfume in Billings' room, Hank traces the perfume to Gwen Porter, one of Bowman's lady friends, but a bullet from Bowman kills her before she can talk. After a phone call to Skippy reveals who framed him with the phony press card, Hank persuades Monty to return to the hotel to look for further evidence. In Billings' room, Monty shoves a gun into Hank's back, but ... +


When reporter Henry T. Parker informs Skippy, his city editor, that he is quitting the newspaper business to write the great American novel, Skippy persuades the reporter to cover one last story, the disappearance of prominent sportsman Walter Billings whom Hank recently persuaded to testify against blackmailer Tony Bowman. At a bar, Hank meets Monty de Granville, a society reporter, who tells Hank that he overheard that Billings was hiding out at the Hotel McAdams. Hank goes to the hotel, and just as he persuades Billings to testify, a shot rings out and Billings falls dead. Hank crashes into the bedroom and runs into Phyllis Sanderson, Billings' secretary, who has just entered from the hallway. Fleeing the scene of the crime, Hank hears a radio broadcast that reveals his press card was found at the scene of the crime and that he is wanted for murder. Realizing that he has been framed, Hank eludes the police and seeks out Monty, who tells him that he learned of Billings' hideout through Bowman's stooge, Matthew Mattison, and his girl friend, Goldie Green. After renting an ambulance, Hank dons an intern's uniform and leads Monty and Phyllis in search of the murderer. When Phyllis remembers smelling the scent of rare perfume in Billings' room, Hank traces the perfume to Gwen Porter, one of Bowman's lady friends, but a bullet from Bowman kills her before she can talk. After a phone call to Skippy reveals who framed him with the phony press card, Hank persuades Monty to return to the hotel to look for further evidence. In Billings' room, Monty shoves a gun into Hank's back, but before he can shoot, the lights switch on, revealing Skippy with photographers and the police. Hank then explains that Monty was supplying Bowman with information for his extortion racket and, fearful of exposure, killed Billings while Bowman killed Gwen. Hank continues that he became supicious of Monty upon learning that he left the reporter's card at the scene of the murder. With the case solved, Hank and Phyllis inform Skippy that they are going away to live the great American novel. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Newspaper


Subject

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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