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"Buried Alive" - Prison Electric Chair Drama
released on November 6, 1939
The Actors: Beverly Roberts (Joan Ryan, prison nurse), Robert Wilcox (Johnny Martin, prisoner trustee), Paul McVey (Jim Henderson, prison warden), Ted Osborne (Ira Hanes, prison chaplain), George Pembroke (Ernie Matthews), Stephen Chase (Doctor Robert Lee), George Lynn (Gus Barth, prisoner), Wheeler Oakman (newspaper reporter Manning), Norman Budd (The Kid, prisoner), Ben Alexander (Riley), Boyd Irwin (Rutledge, Chairman of the parole board), Edward Earle (Charlie Blake), Dave O'Brien (newspaper reporter Carson), Robert McKenzie (Al Garrity, bartender), Don Rowan (Big Billy), Joe Caits (Joe Rizinsky), Richard Cramer (guard), Al Ferguson (guard), Robert Fiske (Prosecuting Attorne Gerald Storm), Joe McGuinn (prison guard Mike Gurney), James McNamara (Wegley), Frank O'Connor (guard), Dick Rush (guard), Bobby Sherwood (Holmes), Jack C. Smith (Mort Jarvis)
The Short Walk to the Electric Chair
When classic movie fans remember Basil Rathbone they think of his amazing performances as super sleuth Sherlock Holmes, but in this adventure he is Professor Aristide, a teacher of the fine art of theft – picking pockets and stealing jewels from unsuspecting wealthy men.
We are in Paris, and Ginger Rogers is his newest student Arlette Lafron, and she is a natural at the art of picking pockets. She wants to be an honest girl who has escaped from a reform school, but a girl must eat, so she learns to pick pockets better than any of the professor’s other students.
Her first attempt at theft goes very, very wrong. She spots a distinguished gentleman with a huge pearl stick-pin in the middle of his tie. She successfully steals the pearl and goes away, but the man follows her and knows that she has stolen his pearl.
He forces her to go with him to an Embassy and then we learn that the victim is an Ambassador, and he then forces her to attend a grand ball at the Enbassy, and he insists that she steal a pocket-watch from a certain man at the Ambassador’s ball.
The French girl Arlette will steal the pocket watch from the French man at the Ambassador's Ball . . . And then return it to him when the Ambassador tells her to. We are about to embark on a classic romantic comedy, and all bets are off for who winds up with whom. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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