Guard That Girl (1935)

67 mins | Mystery | 20 September 1935

Director:

Lambert Hillyer

Writer:

Lambert Hillyer

Cinematographer:

Benjamin Kline

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Bodyguard . According to a HR pre-production news item, Clarence Moore was set for the cast, but his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. The film marked the screen debut of actress Elizabeth ... More Less

The working title of this film was Bodyguard . According to a HR pre-production news item, Clarence Moore was set for the cast, but his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. The film marked the screen debut of actress Elizabeth Risdon. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Nov 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Oct 35
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Nov 35
p. 74.
Variety
13 Nov 35
p. 17.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Bodyguard
Release Date:
20 September 1935
Production Date:
16 Julyy--3 August 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
19 September 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5797
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1256
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Heiress Helen Bradford's lawyer, Scranton, knows that five of her relatives would be richer if she were dead, so he hires detectives Larry Donovan and Budge Edwards to guard her life. Scranton also hires a woman to act as Helen's double in order to determine which of her relatives is planning to kill her. As all five of the visiting relatives have not seen Helen since she was a child, they are easily fooled into believing that the fake Helen is the heiress when they are introduced to her. In addition to planting Helen's double at the estate, Scranton hires Jeanne Martin to act as her maid. The danger to Helen's life soon becomes evident when a hunting arrow appears on her bedroom door. Jeanne sleeps in Helen's room to protect her, while Lobo, a police dog, is nearly killed in an encounter with a prowler. The next day, when Larry, Budge and Helen go rowing, they are struck by an arrow with a note warning that the next arrow will be fatal. After Jeanne and Helen narrowly escape being hit by the third arrow, Reynolds, another undercover detective, who is pretending to be a gardener, is killed just as he is about to reveal the culprit. When the family gathers for the probation of the will, the lights suddenly go out, and, once again, Jeanne is nearly killed. Following the second attempt on Jeanne's life, the recovered Lobo is brought into the room and snarls at Scranton, who is revealed to be an embezzler and Reynolds' killer. Jeanne, it is later learned, is the actual heiress, and she and ... +


Heiress Helen Bradford's lawyer, Scranton, knows that five of her relatives would be richer if she were dead, so he hires detectives Larry Donovan and Budge Edwards to guard her life. Scranton also hires a woman to act as Helen's double in order to determine which of her relatives is planning to kill her. As all five of the visiting relatives have not seen Helen since she was a child, they are easily fooled into believing that the fake Helen is the heiress when they are introduced to her. In addition to planting Helen's double at the estate, Scranton hires Jeanne Martin to act as her maid. The danger to Helen's life soon becomes evident when a hunting arrow appears on her bedroom door. Jeanne sleeps in Helen's room to protect her, while Lobo, a police dog, is nearly killed in an encounter with a prowler. The next day, when Larry, Budge and Helen go rowing, they are struck by an arrow with a note warning that the next arrow will be fatal. After Jeanne and Helen narrowly escape being hit by the third arrow, Reynolds, another undercover detective, who is pretending to be a gardener, is killed just as he is about to reveal the culprit. When the family gathers for the probation of the will, the lights suddenly go out, and, once again, Jeanne is nearly killed. Following the second attempt on Jeanne's life, the recovered Lobo is brought into the room and snarls at Scranton, who is revealed to be an embezzler and Reynolds' killer. Jeanne, it is later learned, is the actual heiress, and she and Budge, who are in love, plan a double wedding with Larry and Helen. +

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