The Law of Contact

Prison Shadows (July 18, 1936)

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Prison Shadows
 

Released on July 18, 1936: (running time 67 minutes) A boxer who seems to kill all of his opponents with his dynamite right discovers that his girlfriend is poisoning all of his opponents.

Directed by Robert F. Hill

The Actors: Edward J. Nugent (Gene Harris), Lucille Lund (Claire Thomas), Joan Barclay (Mary Comstock), Forrest Taylor (George Miller), Syd Saylor (Dave Moran), Monte Blue (Bert McNamee), John Elliott (the Police Captain), John Cowell (Graham, Murphy's manager), Willard Kent (veterinarian), Walter O'Keefe (John Halligan, referee), Vain Calvert (waitress), Jack Cheatham (cop), Richard Cramer (ring announcer and prison guard), Lloyd Ingraham (the warden), Donald Kerr (the sportscaster), Murdock MacQuarrie (fight fan), William McCall (prison inmate), Fred Parker (arena watchman), Arthur Thalasso (coroner), Martha Wentworth (Mrs. Murphy), Blackie Whiteford (fight second)

 
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Donuts and Dames, and a Dog

When I graduated from Shanksville-Stonycreek high school in 1969 I went off to a school that would prepare me to become a preacher like my dad. This school was in Butler, Pennsylvania, and it was there that I learned everything I know about donuts. I had an old Plymouth car that Dad bought from the neighbors for $75, but soon discovered that I couldn't afford to keep gas in it while I was working my way through college. Gas had risen to 32 cents a gallon . . . who could afford that? So Dad took the car back to Shanksville and either gave it to my sister Carol, or sold it, I don't remember which. Anyway, I was traveling on shoe leather when I got the job making donuts.

After my classes I would walk about a half mile to the donut shop where I would make donuts all evening long. I learned to love baseball in that donut shop, because the owner always had the KDKA radio station from Pittsburgh turned on loud to keep us company as we worked. I heard all the Pittsburgh Pirate baseball games as I cranked out hundreds of cake donuts into the boiling pot of oil, and deftly turned them over half way through their frying time with a pair of drumsticks.

While I was doing that, the owner was making the raised donuts and other specialty donuts that I would fry after I was finished with the cake donuts. His wife did all the 'decorating' - she would frost them and add sprinkles or whatever other toppings that graced the donuts. I remember that the owner would once in a while complain/explain why he opened his donut shop instead of keeping the hamburger joint that had been his passion.

McDonalds was just beginning to appear in western Pennsylvania small towns, and soon other people tried to imitate McDonalds with their own version of ‘fast food’ hamburgers. My boss would often grumble that when he put his hamburgers on sale for 15 cents each, the customers would crowd into his place and buy them as fast as he could make them. But when the price went back up to the normal 20 cents, his place was a ghost town. He lost money at 15 cents, and the customers that loved him then would not return out of loyalty when the price went back to 20 cents. That was a valuable business lesson for me, although I didn't realize it until many years later.

Where was I? Oh, yeah, donuts, dames, and a dog. Our boxing hero has a weakness for donuts and dames, and a cute little dog. Mary, the demure secretary in his boxing promoter’s office loves him, and loves to dunk her donuts, teaching our boxing hero the proper way to hold and dunk a donut without splashing. ¬†Claire is a sexy seductive lady of the world that our boxing hero lusts after. While these two dames are chasing our boxing hero, he is in the ring again, and guess what? . . . His first opponent after getting out of prison, drops dead on the canvas, and our boxing hero will once again be charged with murder. Donuts, Dames, the Dog, and more prison shadows, . . . or maybe death is ahead for our donut dunking boxer before he can return to prison. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Edward J. Nugent grabs a donut from Lucille Lund
Edward J. Nugent grabs a donut from Lucille Lund
Corky and Edward J. Nugent
Corky and Edward J. Nugent
Donald Kerr
Donald Kerr
Edward J. Nugent and Lucille Lund
Edward J. Nugent and Lucille Lund
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent, Corky the dog and Joan Barclay
Edward J. Nugent, Corky the dog and Joan Barclay
Edward J. Nugent and Joan Barclay
Edward J. Nugent and Joan Barclay
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent, Arthur Thalasso, John Elliot
Edward J. Nugent, Arthur Thalasso, John Elliot
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylor
Forrest Taylor
Joan Barclay
Joan Barclay
Joan Barclay and Forrest Taylor
Joan Barclay and Forrest Taylor
Joan Barclay and Syd Saylor
Joan Barclay and Syd Saylor
Joan Barclay
Joan Barclay
Joan Barclay and Syd Saylor
Joan Barclay and Syd Saylor
Joan Barclay
Joan Barclay
John Cowell and Monte Blue
John Cowell and Monte Blue
Lucille Lundac
John Cowell and Monte Blue
Lucille Lund and Forrest Taylor
Lucille Lund and Forrest Taylor
Lucille Lund and Monte Blue
Lucille Lund and Monte Blue
Lucille Lund and Monte Blue
Lucille Lund and Monte Blue
Lucille Lund
Lucille Lund
Lucille Lund
Lucille Lund
Monte Blue
Monte Blue
Monte Blue and John Cowell
Monte Blue and John Cowell
Monte Blue and Lucille Lund
Monte Blue and Lucille Lund
Monte Blue and Lucille Lund
Monte Blue and Lucille Lund
Monte Blue
Monte Blue
Syd Saylor
Syd Saylor
Syd Saylor and Corky
Syd Saylor and Corky
Syd Saylor, Edward J. Nugent, Joan Barclay
Syd Saylor, Edward J. Nugent, Joan Barclay
Syd Saylor and Joan Barclay
Syd Saylor and Joan Barclay
Syd Saylor
Syd Saylor