The Invisible Wall (1947)

73 mins | Drama | 15 October 1947

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Flamingo . On the print viewed, the copyright claimant was listed as Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Inc., but the film was officially registered by Twentieth Century-Fox Film ... More Less

The working title of this film was Flamingo . On the print viewed, the copyright claimant was listed as Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Inc., but the film was officially registered by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Oct 1947.
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Daily Variety
10-Oct-47
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Film Daily
17 Oct 47
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 47
p. 23.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Oct 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
21 Jun 47
p. 35.
New York Times
1 Nov 47
p. 11.
Variety
15 Oct 47
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Based on a story by
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd tech
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod asst
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Flamingo
Release Date:
15 October 1947
Production Date:
5 May--late May 1947 at Motion Pictures Center Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 October 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1401
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
6,550
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12541
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Moments after murdering Roy Hanford, Harry Lane, an employee of the Crown Jewelry company, is discovered by the police and arrested. While confessing his crime to the police inspector, Harry relates events leading up to the murder, beginning when he was a young World War II veteran returning to his home in Los Angeles: Harry returns to his old job as a "pay off" man for Marty Floyd, a shady gambler, and meets two of Marty's new associates, Al Conway and Earl Taylor. Marty assigns Harry to deliver $20,000 to a client in Las Vegas. At the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Harry comes under the influence of Richard Elsworth, a confidence artist who fleeces some of the $20,000 from him in a mining investment scheme. When Harry gets a tip from one of Marty's men that Richard is a con artist, he rushes to Richard's house in the hopes of preventing the completion of the deal he made with him. Harry accuses Richard of trying to leave town with his money, so Richard tries to kill him. Harry kills Richard in self-defense, buries the body, and then assumes the con man's identity. Harry goes to Denver to recover his money, but is unsuccessful. In Denver, Harry falls in love with Mildred Ellsworth, Richard's wife, who was also betrayed by her husband. Later, Harry is aboard a train that wrecks and saves the life of a wealthy man named Hamilton, who shows his gratitude by offering him a job in St. Louis. Harry and Mildred marry under the assumed last name of Roberts and settle into a respectable life in St. Louis. One day, Harry and Mildred are visited ... +


Moments after murdering Roy Hanford, Harry Lane, an employee of the Crown Jewelry company, is discovered by the police and arrested. While confessing his crime to the police inspector, Harry relates events leading up to the murder, beginning when he was a young World War II veteran returning to his home in Los Angeles: Harry returns to his old job as a "pay off" man for Marty Floyd, a shady gambler, and meets two of Marty's new associates, Al Conway and Earl Taylor. Marty assigns Harry to deliver $20,000 to a client in Las Vegas. At the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas, Harry comes under the influence of Richard Elsworth, a confidence artist who fleeces some of the $20,000 from him in a mining investment scheme. When Harry gets a tip from one of Marty's men that Richard is a con artist, he rushes to Richard's house in the hopes of preventing the completion of the deal he made with him. Harry accuses Richard of trying to leave town with his money, so Richard tries to kill him. Harry kills Richard in self-defense, buries the body, and then assumes the con man's identity. Harry goes to Denver to recover his money, but is unsuccessful. In Denver, Harry falls in love with Mildred Ellsworth, Richard's wife, who was also betrayed by her husband. Later, Harry is aboard a train that wrecks and saves the life of a wealthy man named Hamilton, who shows his gratitude by offering him a job in St. Louis. Harry and Mildred marry under the assumed last name of Roberts and settle into a respectable life in St. Louis. One day, Harry and Mildred are visited by Roy Hanford, who was Richard's partner, and Hanford tells them that he knows that Harry killed Richard. When Hanford tries to force Harry into paying him $25,000 to remain silent about the murder, Harry panics and plans to kill Hanford. As Harry comes out of his reverie, the detective captain reveals that Mildred has also confessed to the murder of Hanford, and that Hanford was actually killed by the police in a raid earlier that day. After concluding that Mildred and Harry each confessed to protect the other, the captain releases them. Though the captain reminds Harry that he must still face a trial for Richard's murder, he feels certain that a jury will acquit him. +

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

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