South of Panama (1941)

64 mins | Comedy-drama | 18 April 1941

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Cinematographer:

Mack Stengler

Production Designer:

F. Paul Sylos

Production Company:

T. H. Richmond Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film opens with the following written foreword: "The producers of this motion picture gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the Royal Air Force for allowing them the use of the actual working models of the Hudson Bomber; and for their invaluable assistance. To the men of the R.A.F.--Democracy's first line of defense--this picture is respectfully dedicated." Writer Sidney Sheldon's name is misspelled "Sydney" in the onscreen ... More Less

This film opens with the following written foreword: "The producers of this motion picture gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of the Royal Air Force for allowing them the use of the actual working models of the Hudson Bomber; and for their invaluable assistance. To the men of the R.A.F.--Democracy's first line of defense--this picture is respectfully dedicated." Writer Sidney Sheldon's name is misspelled "Sydney" in the onscreen credits. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
7 Jun 1941.
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Film Daily
23 Apr 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Mar 41
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
3 May 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Apr 41
p. 99.
Variety
18 Jun 41
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
George R. Batcheller in Charge of Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"Madame Will Drop Her Shawl," music by Herb Pine, lyrics by Sam Brown.
COMPOSERS
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 April 1941
Production Date:
began 10 March 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Producers Releasing Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 April 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10577
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in feet):
5,951
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Panama, hotel manager Burns intercepts a telegram intended for Janice Martin from her brother Paul, which tells her not to meet him at the airport. Burns, who wants a secret formula developed by Paul, alters the telegram to read that Jan should meet Paul at the airport, and instructs two thugs, Lake and Wilton, to follow her and kidnap Paul. Jan realizes she has been followed, however, and as Paul gets off the plane, she signals him not to greet her, then embraces journalist Mike Lawrence, a stranger, and asks him to play along with her. Jan and Mike unwittingly get into a taxi driven by one of Burns's men, and after he stops the car on a remote road, Mike knocks him out and drives away. Mike eludes Lake and Wilton, but Jan disappears when he stops at a roadside store so that she can make a phone call. Hoping to run into her again, Mike checks into her hotel. Jan, meanwhile, meets with Paul, who has developed a special protective paint for the Army which will aid in the defense of the Canal Zone, and they agree that they must continue to allow everyone to think that Mike is Paul. Jan performs at the hotel as a Latin singer named Dolores Esteban, and uses this disguise to avoid recognition by Mike. When the crooked cab driver confronts Mike in his room, demanding the formula, an unseen assailant stabs the cab driver to death, and the hotel doorman, Rodriguez Lincoln Jones, comes to Mike's aid. By the time the police arrive, however, Mike's room has been switched and the body has disappeared. ... +


In Panama, hotel manager Burns intercepts a telegram intended for Janice Martin from her brother Paul, which tells her not to meet him at the airport. Burns, who wants a secret formula developed by Paul, alters the telegram to read that Jan should meet Paul at the airport, and instructs two thugs, Lake and Wilton, to follow her and kidnap Paul. Jan realizes she has been followed, however, and as Paul gets off the plane, she signals him not to greet her, then embraces journalist Mike Lawrence, a stranger, and asks him to play along with her. Jan and Mike unwittingly get into a taxi driven by one of Burns's men, and after he stops the car on a remote road, Mike knocks him out and drives away. Mike eludes Lake and Wilton, but Jan disappears when he stops at a roadside store so that she can make a phone call. Hoping to run into her again, Mike checks into her hotel. Jan, meanwhile, meets with Paul, who has developed a special protective paint for the Army which will aid in the defense of the Canal Zone, and they agree that they must continue to allow everyone to think that Mike is Paul. Jan performs at the hotel as a Latin singer named Dolores Esteban, and uses this disguise to avoid recognition by Mike. When the crooked cab driver confronts Mike in his room, demanding the formula, an unseen assailant stabs the cab driver to death, and the hotel doorman, Rodriguez Lincoln Jones, comes to Mike's aid. By the time the police arrive, however, Mike's room has been switched and the body has disappeared. Mike sees Jan in the lobby and follows her into the cellar, where they are accosted by Raynor, a spy who also wants the secret formula. Mike wrests the gun from Raynor, and leaves Rod guarding the man, but Raynor escapes, and Rod unexpectedly discovers the cab driver's body hidden in the cellar. The next morning, Paul goes to U.S. Army headquarters to prove that his protective paint, which effectively makes planes invisible, can be used to "hide" the Canal. That night, Lake and Wilton see Mike and "Dolores" go out on a date, and wait inside his room. However, they mistakenly shoot Raynor instead of Mike, and Mike escapes through Jan's room into a room next door, where he is knocked unconscious. Mike awakens later and discovers that Burns has taken him hostage. Mike responds flippantly to Burns questions after he realizes he is a spy. Burns then kidnaps Jan, but she and Mike are left alone in a room after Burns finds out he has the wrong man. Paul is kidnapped and brought back to the hiding place, but Jan and Mike have freed themselves and chase Burns and his thugs as they escape by car. Burns and his men are killed in a crash, and later, Mike visits "Dolores" backstage to tell her he is in love with Jan, and discovers that they are the same woman. +

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

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