Their Big Moment (1934)

68 or 70 mins | Mystery | 17 August 1934

Director:

James Cruze

Cinematographer:

Harold Wenstrom

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Afterwards. Actor Gordon's first name is spelled "Huntly" in the film's opening credits, and "Huntley" in the end credits. According to a HR news item, Helen Vinson was signed to act in the production, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed. ...

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The working title of this film was Afterwards. Actor Gordon's first name is spelled "Huntly" in the film's opening credits, and "Huntley" in the end credits. According to a HR news item, Helen Vinson was signed to act in the production, but her participation in the final film has not been confirmed.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 May 1934
p. 2
Film Daily
6 Sep 1934
p. 7
HF
19 May 1934
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
4 May 1934
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 1934
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 1934
p. 7
International Photographer
1 Jun 1934
p. 20
Motion Picture Daily
16 Jul 1934
p. 7
Motion Picture Herald
28 Jul 1934
p. 48
New York Times
6 Sep 1934
p. 22
Variety
11 Sep 1934
p. 21
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
P. J. Faulkner Jr.
Rec
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Afterwards by Walter Hackett (London, 7 Nov 1933).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Afterwards
Release Date:
17 August 1934
Production Date:
3 May--22 May 1934
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
9 August 1934
LP4875
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
50
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After her husband Arthur is killed in an airplane accident, Long Island socialite Fay Harley falls under the influence of Dr. Portman, a conniving, phony medium, who tells her that Arthur is using him to deliver an important message. Determined to free her sister from Portman and to keep her own affair with Arthur a secret, Eve Farrington hires has-been vaudeville performer "The Great La Salle" and his "mindreading" partner, "Madame Marvo," to expose Portman to Fay. Madame Marvo quits the act, however, and La Salle's nervous assistant, Tillie Whim, is talked into taking her place. For $6,000, La Salle, Tillie and Bill Ambrose agree to fake an airplane crash near Fay's mansion and participate in a rigged seance. When the troupe arrives at the house, Portman, who uses a miniature sound machine to torment Fay with airplane noises, immediately suspects them and insists that Tillie pass a test before the proposed seance. With help from practiced tricksters La Salle and Bill, Tillie passes the test and falls into a trance. To everyone's surprise, Tillie states that Arthur was murdered and warns a hysterical Fay not to sign any contracts. Outraged by Tillie's seeming betrayal, Eve and her husband John order the troupe away, but after La Salle becomes convinced that Tillie is a genuine medium, he insists that they stay and uncover the murderer. To protect himself, Portman, who has secured Fay's power of attorney, then confronts Lane Franklyn, Arthur's legal advisor, about Arthur's death and suggests that Lane tampered with the wires on Arthur's airplane after Arthur discovered that he had misused his position for financial gains. Thus exposed, Lane steals ...

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After her husband Arthur is killed in an airplane accident, Long Island socialite Fay Harley falls under the influence of Dr. Portman, a conniving, phony medium, who tells her that Arthur is using him to deliver an important message. Determined to free her sister from Portman and to keep her own affair with Arthur a secret, Eve Farrington hires has-been vaudeville performer "The Great La Salle" and his "mindreading" partner, "Madame Marvo," to expose Portman to Fay. Madame Marvo quits the act, however, and La Salle's nervous assistant, Tillie Whim, is talked into taking her place. For $6,000, La Salle, Tillie and Bill Ambrose agree to fake an airplane crash near Fay's mansion and participate in a rigged seance. When the troupe arrives at the house, Portman, who uses a miniature sound machine to torment Fay with airplane noises, immediately suspects them and insists that Tillie pass a test before the proposed seance. With help from practiced tricksters La Salle and Bill, Tillie passes the test and falls into a trance. To everyone's surprise, Tillie states that Arthur was murdered and warns a hysterical Fay not to sign any contracts. Outraged by Tillie's seeming betrayal, Eve and her husband John order the troupe away, but after La Salle becomes convinced that Tillie is a genuine medium, he insists that they stay and uncover the murderer. To protect himself, Portman, who has secured Fay's power of attorney, then confronts Lane Franklyn, Arthur's legal advisor, about Arthur's death and suggests that Lane tampered with the wires on Arthur's airplane after Arthur discovered that he had misused his position for financial gains. Thus exposed, Lane steals poison from Portman's medical case and, sure that Portman will be accused of killing Fay for her money, mixes it into her drink. Fay, however, retires without drinking the poison, and La Salle deduces Lane's plot. By tricking Lane into believing that he has drunk the poison, La Salle and Tillie force a confession out of him, while Bill discovers Portman's sound device. As the police arrest Portman and Lane, La Salle, Bill and Tillie are congratulated by a grateful Fay and Eve.

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