The Man in Blue (1937)

64 or 67 mins | Drama | 30 May 1937

Director:

Milton Carruth

Writer:

Lester Cole

Cinematographer:

George Robinson

Editor:

Paul Landres

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

Kubec Glasmon's original story was called "The Cop." The film's pre-release titles are The Breaking Point and The Cop ... More Less

Kubec Glasmon's original story was called "The Cop." The film's pre-release titles are The Breaking Point and The Cop . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
1 Sep 37
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
13 May 37
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
17 May 37
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Apr 37
p. 49.
Motion Picture Herald
22 May 37
p. 57
New York Times
30 Aug 37
p. 25.
Variety
28 Jul 37
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
Second asst dir
Child welfare worker
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Cop
The Breaking Point
Release Date:
30 May 1937
Production Date:
3 March--22 March 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
20 May 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7144
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 67
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3207
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When police officer Martin Dunne kills a man in the slums in self-defense, he adopts his orphan son Frankie, and rears him as his own son. By 1935, Martin's wife has died and he retires from the force, going to work as a guard at a bank. Frankie graduates from business college and works as a bookkeeper at the same bank as his father. After much hard work, Frankie is promoted to teller, and he falls in love with co-worker June Hanson. One day he meets his uncle, Willie Loomis, a con-man whom Martin paid to leave town while Frankie was growing up. Willie reveals that Martin killed Frankie's father. The weight of this news changes Frankie's disposition. That night he comes home late, and is so distracted the next day at work, that when he goes to meet Willie at lunch, he mistakenly picks up an envelope containing an $800 deposit. He does not realize his mistake until Martin and the police find him at the bar. Frankie returns the money and swears his innocence, but is dismissed from his job. When he is unable to find June, who is pleading his case with bank manager Parke Lewis, he feels abandoned and listens to Loomis' advice that no one is trustworthy. Frankie subsequently pulls a bank robbery in which he escapes and hides $100,000 in bonds in a wall in the tenement in which he first lived. He is eventually arrested and incarcerated in the state penitentiary, where he finds a childhood friend and befriends the Professor, who is in charge of the prison library. Martin, who has lost all faith ... +


When police officer Martin Dunne kills a man in the slums in self-defense, he adopts his orphan son Frankie, and rears him as his own son. By 1935, Martin's wife has died and he retires from the force, going to work as a guard at a bank. Frankie graduates from business college and works as a bookkeeper at the same bank as his father. After much hard work, Frankie is promoted to teller, and he falls in love with co-worker June Hanson. One day he meets his uncle, Willie Loomis, a con-man whom Martin paid to leave town while Frankie was growing up. Willie reveals that Martin killed Frankie's father. The weight of this news changes Frankie's disposition. That night he comes home late, and is so distracted the next day at work, that when he goes to meet Willie at lunch, he mistakenly picks up an envelope containing an $800 deposit. He does not realize his mistake until Martin and the police find him at the bar. Frankie returns the money and swears his innocence, but is dismissed from his job. When he is unable to find June, who is pleading his case with bank manager Parke Lewis, he feels abandoned and listens to Loomis' advice that no one is trustworthy. Frankie subsequently pulls a bank robbery in which he escapes and hides $100,000 in bonds in a wall in the tenement in which he first lived. He is eventually arrested and incarcerated in the state penitentiary, where he finds a childhood friend and befriends the Professor, who is in charge of the prison library. Martin, who has lost all faith in Frankie, resigns from his post. Frankie finally agrees to see June and Martin during visiting hours, and they reaffirm their love for him, convincing him that he must return the bonds in order to salvage his life. Frankie sees a newsreel in which the destruction of various tenements is documented, including the building where Frankie hid the bonds. When the Professor is paroled, Frankie gives him a letter addressed to June in which he divulges the hiding place and asks her to get the bonds for him. The Professor steals the bonds first, then delivers the letter. In a ploy to retrieve the bonds, the issuing company gets Frankie paroled and has him followed, intending to arrest him when he does recover the bonds. June tells Frankie about the Professor's duplicity. When Frankie discovers the hotel the Professor is staying in, June offers to drive him there and takes a meandering route so that Martin can get there first. Martin shoots the Professor in self-defense, and as the bond company's orders were to arrest the man who has the bonds, Frankie is saved. Frankie now realizes that Martin shot his father in self-defense, just as he did with the Professor and, after forgiving him, is ready to rebuild his life. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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