So You Won't Talk (1940)

68 mins | Comedy | 3 October 1940

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Producer:

Robert Sparks

Cinematographer:

Allen G. Siegler

Editor:

James Sweeney

Production Designer:

Lionel Banks

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Clay Pigeon ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Clay Pigeon . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Sep 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Oct 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Sep 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Sep 40
p. 84.
New York Times
17 Oct 40
p. 33.
Variety
23 Oct 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Clay Pigeon
Release Date:
3 October 1940
Production Date:
6 June--3 July 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 September 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9934
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6489
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bearded Charles Augustus Holt, the book reviewer for The Chronicle , is derisively known as "Whiskers" because of his timid personality. When he is fired from his job, Whiskers accepts the advice of his girl friend, Lucy Walters, to write a novel and get a shave. On the day that he cleans off his beard, gangster Brute Hanson, his exact double, is released from Alcatraz. The resemblance causes Brute's moll, Maxie Carewe, and his gang members, Dopey and Dude, to mistake the mild-mannered Whiskers for their boss. Thinking that Brute has gone stir crazy and taken leave of his senses, they kidnap Whiskers, who manages to escape and take refuge at Lucy's apartment. Lucy argues that the mixup provides the perfect opportunity for Whiskers to write the inside story on Brute, however, so she sends the aspiring author back to Maxie's apartment, where he meets the real Brute. Confusion reigns when rival gangster Bugs Linaker and his gang arrive to eliminate Brute, and Brute shoots Bugs, then escapes in Lucy's waiting cab as the police pursue Whiskers, thinking that he is Brute. Taking Lucy hostage, Brute sends for Dude and Dopey and announces that he is planning to disguise himself as Whiskers. Meanwhile, Whiskers has pasted a beard and mustache on his face and arrives at Lucy's apartment pretending to be Brute. When the real Brute returns, Whiskers orders Dude and Dopey to tie him up and, as he holds the two gangsters at gunpoint, Whiskers sends Lucy for the police. As the police lead the real Brute away, Whiskers relinquishes his double life to write his ... +


Bearded Charles Augustus Holt, the book reviewer for The Chronicle , is derisively known as "Whiskers" because of his timid personality. When he is fired from his job, Whiskers accepts the advice of his girl friend, Lucy Walters, to write a novel and get a shave. On the day that he cleans off his beard, gangster Brute Hanson, his exact double, is released from Alcatraz. The resemblance causes Brute's moll, Maxie Carewe, and his gang members, Dopey and Dude, to mistake the mild-mannered Whiskers for their boss. Thinking that Brute has gone stir crazy and taken leave of his senses, they kidnap Whiskers, who manages to escape and take refuge at Lucy's apartment. Lucy argues that the mixup provides the perfect opportunity for Whiskers to write the inside story on Brute, however, so she sends the aspiring author back to Maxie's apartment, where he meets the real Brute. Confusion reigns when rival gangster Bugs Linaker and his gang arrive to eliminate Brute, and Brute shoots Bugs, then escapes in Lucy's waiting cab as the police pursue Whiskers, thinking that he is Brute. Taking Lucy hostage, Brute sends for Dude and Dopey and announces that he is planning to disguise himself as Whiskers. Meanwhile, Whiskers has pasted a beard and mustache on his face and arrives at Lucy's apartment pretending to be Brute. When the real Brute returns, Whiskers orders Dude and Dopey to tie him up and, as he holds the two gangsters at gunpoint, Whiskers sends Lucy for the police. As the police lead the real Brute away, Whiskers relinquishes his double life to write his novel. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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