Central Park (1932)

55 or 57 mins | Drama | 10 December 1932

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Cinematographer:

Sid Hickox

Production Designer:

Arthur Gruenberger

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to production reports in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, the film was shot over twenty-three days for a total cost of $202,500. ...

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According to production reports in the file on the film at the AMPAS Library, the film was shot over twenty-three days for a total cost of $202,500.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
9 Dec 1932
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 1932
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
19 Nov 1932
p. 30
New York Times
7 Dec 1932
p. 29
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 December 1932
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
14 December 1932
LP3477
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55 or 57
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Dot and Rick, both unemployed, meet over two hot dogs that Dot has stolen from a Central Park stand. After sharing the meal, they separate to look for work, agreeing to meet for lunch. On her way out of the park, Dot is picked up by a police car. Inside, Nick Sarno offers her a strange undercover job. In the park men's room, Rick meets Charlie, a park policeman, who sends him to the police station to see about a job washing motorcycles. Charlie's eyesight has gotten very bad, but he keeps it a secret, hoping nothing will happen before he retires in a week. Charlie learns from Eby, a zoo employee, that former zoo keeper Smiley has escaped from the mental institution. At lunch, when Dot and Rick meet, Dot admits that she isn't sure the deal she was offered by Nick is legitimate. Rick advises her to take it, but when he leaves the lunchroom, he is picked up by two of Nick's men and taken to a room where they hold him captive. Rick now knows that Dot is being used by Nick's men, who intend to rob a beauty contest fund raiser that is supposed to benefit the unemployed. Meanwhile, at the zoo, Charlie greets a man standing some distance away, failing to recognize insane Smiley. Smiley steals Charlie's keys, locks him in a room, and attacks Luke, another zoo keeper, pushing him into the lion's cage. The park crew hears Luke's screams and releases him, but the lion escapes in the confusion and Charlie is suspended for failing his duty. Rick escapes and ...

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Dot and Rick, both unemployed, meet over two hot dogs that Dot has stolen from a Central Park stand. After sharing the meal, they separate to look for work, agreeing to meet for lunch. On her way out of the park, Dot is picked up by a police car. Inside, Nick Sarno offers her a strange undercover job. In the park men's room, Rick meets Charlie, a park policeman, who sends him to the police station to see about a job washing motorcycles. Charlie's eyesight has gotten very bad, but he keeps it a secret, hoping nothing will happen before he retires in a week. Charlie learns from Eby, a zoo employee, that former zoo keeper Smiley has escaped from the mental institution. At lunch, when Dot and Rick meet, Dot admits that she isn't sure the deal she was offered by Nick is legitimate. Rick advises her to take it, but when he leaves the lunchroom, he is picked up by two of Nick's men and taken to a room where they hold him captive. Rick now knows that Dot is being used by Nick's men, who intend to rob a beauty contest fund raiser that is supposed to benefit the unemployed. Meanwhile, at the zoo, Charlie greets a man standing some distance away, failing to recognize insane Smiley. Smiley steals Charlie's keys, locks him in a room, and attacks Luke, another zoo keeper, pushing him into the lion's cage. The park crew hears Luke's screams and releases him, but the lion escapes in the confusion and Charlie is suspended for failing his duty. Rick escapes and finally convinces the police that a robbery is going on inside the fund raiser. A shootout ensues and Rick chases after the escaping thieves. The escape car crashes near the bench where Charlie is resting. When Charlie investigates the crash, Nick shoots him. Rick arrives in time to capture Nick, but the police are convinced that Rick is really the thief. Just before he dies, Charlie clears Rick. After the lion is captured, Smiley is picked up and Rick and Dot leave Central Park together.

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