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This wonderful 1930's classic drama double-bill B&W movie dvd release includes these two, rare 1934 films...
FATHER BROWN, DETECTIVE
G.K. Chesterton's crime-solving cleric Father Brown was first brought to the screen in 1934, in the corpulent form of Walter Connolly. The good father spends most of the film trying to retrieve a valuable diamond cross from elusive thief Flambeau (Paul Lukas). Father Brown is convinced that Flambeau is eminently redeemable, but the double-crossing thief hardly proves to be a prime candidate for salvation. Amazingly, Father Brown's faith in Flambeau's essential decency proves well-founded, but it's certainly touch-and-go for a while. Long unavailable for reappraisal, 1934's Father Brown, Detective has been eclipsed by the popularity of the 1954 Alec Guinness remake.
Walter Connolly starred as the sleuthing priest in the 1934 mystery-crime film Father Brown, Detective, based on "The Blue Cross." Interestingly, Connolly would later be cast as another famous fictional detective, Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe, in the 1937 film, The League of Frightened Men.
Lukas steals a diamond cross from Connolly's church to impress Michael, whom he had met during a gambling raid. The priest goes on the trail and catches Lukas, who repents but eludes the police. Connolly is suspected by the police and church of losing his mind for forgiving the thief, but Lukas turns himself in to prove that Connolly was correct in trying to reform him.
Walter Connolly - Father Brown
Paul Lukas - Flambeau
Gertrude Michael - Evelyn Fischer
Robert Loraine - Inspector Valentine
Halliwell Hobbes - Sir Leopold Fischer
Una O'Connor - Mrs. Boggs
E.E. Clive - Sergeant
Barbary Coast! Where the tides of human passions roll up strange wrecks of life and love...
a haven for crushed derelicts... such as Toy, who knew men but never heard of love!
Adapted from an earlier European film, Wharf Angel (1934) stars Dorothy Dell as Toy, a golden-hearted prostitute stranded in San Francisco. Toy finds hope for redemption when she falls in love with Como (Preston S. Foster), a sailor on the lam from a murder charge. In Madame Butterfly fashion, the heroine promises to wait for Como until he is able to clear himself. The fly in the ointment is Como's buddy Turk (Victor McLaglen), who has known Toy (in the Biblical sense) for several years. A credible reconstruction of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (courtesy of legendary art director William Cameron Menzies) caps this intriguing little romantic melodrama. Alas, leading lady Dorothy Dell was killed in a car crash after appearing in only three films.
"Mother Bright's" place on the lawless, waterfront district of the 'Barbary Coast' in San Francisco is the toughest of all saloons that can be found, and that is where "Turk", a stoker on a freighter named "The Coyote", and his shipmates can be found when in port. They are there when Como Murphy, fleeing the law for a killing he did not commit, bursts in seeking a hiding place. Mother Bright directs him upstairs to a door that leads to another building, but Murphy opens the wrong door and finds himself in the room of "Toy," one of the many girls employed by Mother Bright in the event any of the sailors desires to purchase anything other than whiskey. "Toy" takes pity on Murphy and hides him when the police knock on her door. She and Murphy then talk the night away and are very much in love when the dawn breaks. "Turk" is also much smitten with "Toy" but the feeling isn't mutual. "Turk" gets Murphy a stoker's position on "The Coyote" and the two soon become close friends, and tell each other about the "swellest girl alive" they plan on marrying when next they make port in San Francisco. What they don't do is put a name on the "swellest girl alive" so neither is aware they are in love with the same girl. "Turk" only becomes aware of it when, while trying to propose to "Toy, she hits him up for fifty bucks so she and Murphy can go to Mexico and get married. This upsets "Turk" to the extent that he proceeds to turn in his best friend to the police in order to collect the $1000 reward they are offering. This act of being an informant then begins to act on "Turk's" conscience.
Victor McLaglen - Turk
Dorothy Dell - Toy
Preston S. Foster - Como
Alison Skipworth - Mother Bright
Mischa Auer - Sadik
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