The President's Mystery (September 28, 1936)

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The President's Mystery
 

Released on September 28, 1936: President Franklin D. Roosevelt challenged 6 great authors with creating the story of a man who disappears with a fortune, never to be found again, this story was the result.

Produced by Nat Levine

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Henry Wilcoxon (James Blake), Betty Furness (Charlotte Brown), Sidney Blackmer (George Sartos), Evelyn Brent (Ilka Blake), Barnett Parker (Roger), Mel Ruick (Andrew), Wade Boteler (Sheriff), John Wray (Shane), Guy Usher (Police Lieutenant), Robert Homans (Sergeant), Si Jenks (Earl), Arthur Aylesworth (Joe Reed), Harry Antrim (Inspector A.R. Lahey), Byron Foulger (unknown), Roy Barcroft (townsman), Clem Bevans (bus passenger), Horace B. Carpenter (townsman), John Dilson (banker), Lester Dorr (townsman), Lee Ford (townsman), Harry Harvey (diner cashier), Edward Hearn (town meeting moderator), Max Hoffman Jr. (phony townsman), John Ince (Gorman), June Johnson (unknown), Lydia Knott (unknown), Theodore Lorch (townsman), Mira McKinney (phony townswoman), George Morrell (bartender), Frank O'Connor (detective), Fred Parker (townsman), Clifton Young (townsman)

 
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America has elected a movie star actor as President, but long before that, in 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who loved a good mystery story, asked a friend a curious question that led to the creation of this adventure. The question that President Roosevelt asked was, “Can a man, with five or six million dollars tied up in a variety of investments, liquidate his entire fortune and disappear?”

This is the question that he posed to six noted mystery authors, and together they created this movie. In 1936 the world was still mired deeply in the Great Depression that began in 1929. Poor men and women could disappear without anyone noticing, but a wealthy man with friends in Washington, New York and around the nation might not be able to so easily walk away from everything he owns and is connected to.

A wealthy lawyer is becoming tired of helping a corrupt business prosper from the disaster of the Great Depression, and he would really like to disappear and go fishing every day instead. Being a very smart lawyer, he is able to publicly convert all his assets into cash, and then convince everyone that he has lost every penny in a South American tin deal. Now he is free to leave town and become someone else, with a fortune in cash. All goes well until the murder.

What kind of mystery, with unexpected twists and turns, have the six greatest mystery authors managed to bring to the movie screen? Can a wealthy man really succeed in disappearing in 1936 America? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Barnett Parker, George Morrell and Mel RuickBarnett Parker and Mel Ruick
Barnett Parker, George Morrell and Mel RuickBarnett Parker and Mel Ruick
Betty FurnessBetty Furness and Henry Wilcoxon
Betty FurnessBetty Furness and Henry Wilcoxon
Evelyn Brent and Sidney BlackmerHenry Wilcoxon and Barnett Parker
Evelyn Brent and Sidney BlackmerHenry Wilcoxon and Barnett Parker
Henry Wilcoxon and Evelyn BrentHenry Wilcoxon and Harry Harvey
Henry Wilcoxon and Evelyn BrentHenry Wilcoxon and Harry Harvey
Henry Wilcoxon and Sidney BlackmerHenry Wilcoxon and Betty Furness
Henry Wilcoxon and Sidney BlackmerHenry Wilcoxon and Betty Furness
John DilsonMel Ruick
John DilsonMel Ruick
Sidney BlackmerSidney Blackmer
Sidney BlackmerSidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer and Henry WilcoxonWade Boteler
Sidney Blackmer and Henry WilcoxonWade Boteler
Henry Wilcoxon
Henry Wilcoxon
Henry Wilcoxon
Henry Wilcoxon
Evelyn Brent
Evelyn Brent
Clem Bevans
Clem Bevans
Henry Wilcoxon and Betty Furness
Henry Wilcoxon and Betty Furness
Henry Wilcoxon and Si Jenks
Henry Wilcoxon and Si Jenks
Robert Homans, Guy Usher and Henry Wilcoxon
Robert Homans, Guy Usher and Henry Wilcoxon
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the dog