Picture Snatcher (1933)

70 or 75 mins | Drama | 6 May 1933

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

William Holmes

Production Designer:

Robert Haas

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to Var , the scene in which Danny photographs the execution was based on an actual incident in which a photo was taken secretly at the execution of Ruth Synder and printed in a New York newspaper. Contemporary reviews mentioned the aggressive sexuality of several women characters. The role of Allison was designed as a comeback part for Alice White. Modern sources list the following additional crew credits: Asst dir Gordon Hollingshead; Makeup Perc Westmore. Modern source cast credits include Billy West and George Chandler ( Reporters ), George Daly ( Machine gunner ), Stanley Blystone ( Prison guard ), Don Brodie ( Hood ), Donald Kerr ( Mike ), Hobart Cavanaugh ( Pete ), Phil Tead ( Reporter Strange ), Charles King ( Sick reporter ), Milton Kibbee ( Reporter outside prison ), Dick Elliott and Vaughn Taylor ( Editors ), Bob Perry ( Bartender ), Gino Corrado ( Barber ), Maurice Black ( Speakeasy proprietor ), Selmer Jackson ( Record editor ), Jack Grey ( Police officer ), John Ince ( Captain ) and Cora Sue Collins ( Little girl ). The film was remade by Warner Bros. in 1942 as Escape from Crime , starring Richard Travis and directed by D. Ross ... More Less

According to Var , the scene in which Danny photographs the execution was based on an actual incident in which a photo was taken secretly at the execution of Ruth Synder and printed in a New York newspaper. Contemporary reviews mentioned the aggressive sexuality of several women characters. The role of Allison was designed as a comeback part for Alice White. Modern sources list the following additional crew credits: Asst dir Gordon Hollingshead; Makeup Perc Westmore. Modern source cast credits include Billy West and George Chandler ( Reporters ), George Daly ( Machine gunner ), Stanley Blystone ( Prison guard ), Don Brodie ( Hood ), Donald Kerr ( Mike ), Hobart Cavanaugh ( Pete ), Phil Tead ( Reporter Strange ), Charles King ( Sick reporter ), Milton Kibbee ( Reporter outside prison ), Dick Elliott and Vaughn Taylor ( Editors ), Bob Perry ( Bartender ), Gino Corrado ( Barber ), Maurice Black ( Speakeasy proprietor ), Selmer Jackson ( Record editor ), Jack Grey ( Police officer ), John Ince ( Captain ) and Cora Sue Collins ( Little girl ). The film was remade by Warner Bros. in 1942 as Escape from Crime , starring Richard Travis and directed by D. Ross Lederman. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 May 33
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 32
p. 1.
Motion Picture Daily
18 May 33
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Apr 33
p. 22.
New York Times
19 May 33
p. 20.
Variety
23 May 33
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 May 1933
Production Date:
19 December 1932--January 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 May 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3843
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 75
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When Danny Kean gets out of Sing Sing Prison, he decides to go straight. He leaves behind his old gang to become a reporter and lands a job on the Graphic News , a scandal sheet, after stealing a photograph that no one else was able to get. News reporter Allison invites Danny over one night, but he leaves quickly when he finds out that she has been dating his editor, McLean. Danny is attracted to journalism student Patricia Nolan, the daughter of Lieutenant Casey Nolan, a policeman who knew Danny in his criminal days. Nolan forbids Patricia to have anything to do with Danny until McLean convinces another paper to run a flattering article on Nolan, who is then promoted to captain. Danny learns that Nolan will be in charge of the execution of a woman at Sing Sing. His paper has not been invited to witness the event, so he steals another reporter's invitation and talks Nolan into letting him view the execution. He photographs the death with a camera strapped to his leg. The other reporters discover his trick and chase after him, but he escapes and the photograph is published. Nolan is demoted because of Danny's actions, and Patricia refuses to talk to him. McLean is also angry when he finds Allison embracing Danny. Danny is so down that he goes on a long drunk. Finally McLean, who has quit drinking himself, tracks down Danny. When they learn that Jerry, an old member of Danny's gang, shot two policemen, they decide to go after him. Danny succeeds in ... +


When Danny Kean gets out of Sing Sing Prison, he decides to go straight. He leaves behind his old gang to become a reporter and lands a job on the Graphic News , a scandal sheet, after stealing a photograph that no one else was able to get. News reporter Allison invites Danny over one night, but he leaves quickly when he finds out that she has been dating his editor, McLean. Danny is attracted to journalism student Patricia Nolan, the daughter of Lieutenant Casey Nolan, a policeman who knew Danny in his criminal days. Nolan forbids Patricia to have anything to do with Danny until McLean convinces another paper to run a flattering article on Nolan, who is then promoted to captain. Danny learns that Nolan will be in charge of the execution of a woman at Sing Sing. His paper has not been invited to witness the event, so he steals another reporter's invitation and talks Nolan into letting him view the execution. He photographs the death with a camera strapped to his leg. The other reporters discover his trick and chase after him, but he escapes and the photograph is published. Nolan is demoted because of Danny's actions, and Patricia refuses to talk to him. McLean is also angry when he finds Allison embracing Danny. Danny is so down that he goes on a long drunk. Finally McLean, who has quit drinking himself, tracks down Danny. When they learn that Jerry, an old member of Danny's gang, shot two policemen, they decide to go after him. Danny succeeds in finding Jerry, but before he can leave, the police arrive and Jerry is killed in the shootout. Taking advantage of the moment, Danny photographs the whole thing and credits Nolan with the idea. Danny and McLean sell the photos, getting new jobs in the process, and Patricia and Danny reunite. +

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