Jimmy the Gent (1934)

66-67 mins | Comedy-drama | 17 March 1934

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Producer:

Robert Lord

Cinematographer:

Ira Morgan

Editor:

Thomas Richards

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's pre-release titles were Blondes and Bonds and Heir Chaser , which was also the title of Laird Doyle's and Ray Nazarro's screen story. Nora Lane's character is called both Sarah and Posy in the ... More Less

The film's pre-release titles were Blondes and Bonds and Heir Chaser , which was also the title of Laird Doyle's and Ray Nazarro's screen story. Nora Lane's character is called both Sarah and Posy in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 Nov 33
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Mar 34
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
2 Mar 34
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Mar 34
p. 52.
New York Times
26 Mar 34
p. 22.
Variety
27 Mar 34
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Heir Chaser
Blondes and Bonds
Release Date:
17 March 1934
Production Date:
began late November 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 April 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4610
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66-67
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jimmy Corrigan specializes in finding heirs for people who die intestate. If he cannot find the legitimate heir, he has no qualms about finding someone who fits the description of the missing person and, afterward, taking a commission. His rival, Charles Wallingham, has a more refined front, but underneath, he is just as much of a confidence man. This underlying dishonesty is not apparent to Wallingham's assistant, Joan Martin, who learned the trade from Jimmy. She is in love with Jimmy, but refuses to be involved with him as long as he continues his unethical practices. Wallingham has a monopoly on deaths that occur at the emergency hospital. When a seemingly destitute woman dies, hospital workers find bonds and jewels sewn into her coat. A spy in Wallingham's office telephones the news to Jimmy before the spy is caught and fired by Joan. After Joan lectures Jimmy about his lack of ethics, Jimmy hurries to Wallingham's office, where he arrives just at tea time. Impressed by the refined attitude at the office, he offers to trade Wallingham the information he has on the dead woman for advice on how to become a gentleman. Joan finds the dead woman's niece, Posy Barton, while Jimmy tries to find Posy's father, Monty Barton. On a tip from a drug addict, they find Barton hiding from a murder charge under an alias. Using a ruse, Jimmy tells Barton about the inheritance. Barton claims that he killed in self-defense, but that Gladys Farrell, the only witness, has accused him of murder. Jimmy develops a plan that will allow Barton to collect his money. He marries Barton to ... +


Jimmy Corrigan specializes in finding heirs for people who die intestate. If he cannot find the legitimate heir, he has no qualms about finding someone who fits the description of the missing person and, afterward, taking a commission. His rival, Charles Wallingham, has a more refined front, but underneath, he is just as much of a confidence man. This underlying dishonesty is not apparent to Wallingham's assistant, Joan Martin, who learned the trade from Jimmy. She is in love with Jimmy, but refuses to be involved with him as long as he continues his unethical practices. Wallingham has a monopoly on deaths that occur at the emergency hospital. When a seemingly destitute woman dies, hospital workers find bonds and jewels sewn into her coat. A spy in Wallingham's office telephones the news to Jimmy before the spy is caught and fired by Joan. After Joan lectures Jimmy about his lack of ethics, Jimmy hurries to Wallingham's office, where he arrives just at tea time. Impressed by the refined attitude at the office, he offers to trade Wallingham the information he has on the dead woman for advice on how to become a gentleman. Joan finds the dead woman's niece, Posy Barton, while Jimmy tries to find Posy's father, Monty Barton. On a tip from a drug addict, they find Barton hiding from a murder charge under an alias. Using a ruse, Jimmy tells Barton about the inheritance. Barton claims that he killed in self-defense, but that Gladys Farrell, the only witness, has accused him of murder. Jimmy develops a plan that will allow Barton to collect his money. He marries Barton to Mabel, the girl friend of his assistant, Louie, with Mabel using a false name. Then he offers half the money to Gladys if she will marry Barton so she cannot legally testify against him. Without Gladys' testimony, Barton's case is dismissed and he inherits the money. When Gladys tries to collect her share, Mabel points out that she was married to Barton first and therefore Gladys' marriage is not legal. Joan is disappointed when she learns about Jimmy's trick, as Jimmy had told her he was going straight. She decides to marry Wallingham, who is interested in her, but not in marriage. Jimmy protests, signing his half of the money over to Posy, and gives it to Wallingham to give to her. Jimmy and Louie witness Wallingham cash the check and use the money to buy one ticket to England. Jimmy sends Joan a phony telegram from Wallingham, which invites her to join him on board ship. Just before the boat sails, Jimmy is able to prove to Joan that Wallingham is crooked. He mails the check to Posy and takes over Wallingham's cabin, where Joan will join him after they are married by the captain. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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