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Below the Deadline (June 8, 1936)

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Below the Deadline
 

Released on June 8, 1936: (running time 1 hour and 9 minutes) A girl working for a diamond importer in lower Manhattan and her policeman boyfriend are framed for robbery and murder, below the deadline of Canal Street.

Produced by George R. Batcheller

Directed by Charles Lamont

The Actors: Cecilia Parker (Molly Fitzgerald), Russell Hopton (Terry Mulvaney), Theodore von Eltz (Flash Ackroyd, owner of the Alhambra Nightclub), Thomas E. Jackson (Pearson, insurance investigator), Warner Richmond (Diamond Dutch), John St. Polis (Mr. Abrams), Kathryn Sheldon (Aunt Mary Tibbett), Robert Homans (Police Captain Symonds), Jack Gardner (henchman Spike, forger), Al Thompson (sparring partner Al, Flash's chauffeur), Charles Delaney (Artie Nolan, prize fighter trainer), Sydney Payne (plastic surgeon), True Boardman (radio announcer), Phyllis Crane (Miss Jennings, Pearson's secretary), Lester Dorr (Oscar), Robert Frazer (Detective Palmer), Henry Hall (train passenger), Henry Hebert (Mr. Everley), Edward LeSaint (judge), Charles McAvoy (officer Rooney), Arthur Millett (train guard), Francis Sayles (train conductor), Jack Shutta (taxi cab driver listening to Molly), Harry Strang (officer Bill)

 

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The Diamonds, the Dame, and the Dumb Copper with a Pug Nose

In 1935 the New York City police force enforced a ‘Deadline,’ defined mostly as everything south of Canal Street, from the Holland Tunnel to the Manhattan Bridge, just north of the Brooklyn Bridge. Below that Deadline were the companies that controlled much of the wealth of the world.

Wall Street and the financial district are below that deadline, including the present location of the newly built World Trade Center. Also, in 1935, there were more diamond merchants than anywhere else in America, and in that area below the deadline there were more diamonds per square foot of land than anywhere in the world.

The police were very protective of that area in 1935, warning all of the known gangsters and hoodlums that they had better not be caught anywhere below the deadline or it would be trouble, and plenty of it.

As our adventure opens, a diamond dealer alerts the police to a large shipment of diamonds arriving soon, and on the night of the delivery, the policemen are patrolling the empty night streets.

Unfortunately, young Irish cop Terry Mulvaney is walking down to the diamond merchant to meet his girlfriend, who is the secretary for the large diamond merchant. Before the night is over, Officer Mulvaney will be framed for robbery and murder, and the frame is so perfect that there may be no way to ever clear his name. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Al Thompson
Al Thompson
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Charles McAvoy and Russell Hopton
Charles McAvoy and Russell Hopton
Frances Sayles
Frances Sayles
Harry Strang and Charles McAvoy
Harry Strang and Charles McAvoy
Harry Strang and Russell Hopton
Harry Strang and Russell Hopton
Henry Herbert and John St. Polis
Henry Herbert and John St. Polis
Jack Shutta
Jack Shutta
Jack Shutta
Jack Shutta
John St. Polis
John St. Polis
John St. Polis
JJohn St. Polis
Kathryn Sheldon
Kathryn Sheldon
Kathryn Sheldon and Cecilia Parker
Kathryn Sheldon and Cecilia Parker
Robert Homans
Robert Homans
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
Russell Hopton
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz and Al Thompson
Theodore von Eltz and Al Thompson
Theodore von Eltz and John St. Polis
Theodore von Eltz and John St. Polis
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Thomas E. Jackson
Thomas E. Jackson
Thomas E. Jackson
Thomas E. Jackson
Thomas E. Jackson
Thomas E. Jackson
True Boardman
True Boardman
Warner Richmond
Warner Richmond