A Man Betrayed (December 28, 1936)

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A Man Betrayed
 

Released on December 28, 1936: A young salesman is framed for murder and turns to gangsters to help him prove his innocence.

Produced by Nat Levine

Directed by John H. Auer

The Actors: Edward J. Nugent (Frank Powell), Kay Hughes (Marjorie Norton), Lloyd Hughes (Curtis 'Mish' Powell, missionary), John Wray (Sparks), Edwin Maxwell (Richards), Theodore von Eltz (Burns), Thomas E. Jackson (Detective Ryan), William Newell (Gabby Holt, the pickpocket), Smiley Burnette (hillbilly with harmonica), Christine Maple (Helen Vincent), John Hamilton (Mr. Carlton), Ralf Harolde (Tony Maroc), Grace Durkin (Gertrude the receptionist), Carleton Young (henchman Smokey), Mary Bovard (apartment house tennant), Sam Ash (Mr. Keys), Richard Beach (henchman), John Boyd (Nick), Morgan Brown (conference attendee), Marc Cramer (taxi driver), George DeNormand (henchman), Jack Gardner (henchman), Pat Gleason (Satchel), Frank Hagney (roundhouse), Henry Hall (train conductor), Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian (fight promoter), Robert Homans (detective), Lydia Knott (Mrs. Hardy), Charles McAvoy (detective), Charles McMurphy (prison warden), Art Miles (Sparks' bodyguard), Bruce Mitchell (court Policeman), Wedgwood Nowell (Prosecuting Attorney), Frank O'Connor (detective), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (Sam)

 

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Thomas Edison and the Trip to the Electric Chair

Edward J. Nugent plays the part of salesman Frank Powell. He sells stock to small investors with a slick infomercial. . . . . No, not a half hour television pitch, there was no television in everyone’s home in 1936. Instead, he showed a small group of investors a motion picture film about the great prospects of drilling for oil in South America.

Before we get too far into the adventure, one of the three owners of the company is dead, and young salesman Frank Powell is expertly framed for his death by the other two partners. This leads to that, and after an amazing journey, we will be shocked by the very unexpected ending. Shocked, I say, . . . . Shocked, surprised, and amazed. A very cool ending that one wouldn’t imagine in a 1936 movie.

The machine that makes the incredible ending possible is a Thomas Edison Dictaphone. When Thomas Edison invented this talking machine he hoped to sell them to businessmen around the world, but he couldn’t find any salesmen who thought that anyone would buy them. The salesman would get paid a commission only when he sold a machine, and no salesman thought that he could sell enough to make a living.

Edwin C. Barnes was a young fellow who idolized Edison and was working for him in a menial job. He watched as Edison tried in vain to recruit salesmen for this new talking machine, and for some reason he thought that he could succeed where seasoned salesmen could not. After convincing Edison to allow him to try selling the new machines, he took to the road showing the machine wherever he could. He was soon a very young millionaire, and by 1936 when this movie was made, dictating machines were in offices around the country.

In this adventure the dictating machine will provide the intrigue and the smash-up dilly of an ending that left me with my jaw wide open in disbelief. This is a movie ending not to be missed. I'll bet you a bowl of popcorn that you will not predict the ending. . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Thomas Edison Dictating MachineEdwin Maxwell and Theodore von Eltz listening to the dictating machine
Edwin Maxwell and Theodore von Eltz listening to the dictating machine
Art Miles and John Wray
Art Miles and John Wray
Bruce Mitchell
Bruce Mitchell
Carleton Young
Carleton Young
Carleton Young
Carleton Young
Christine Maple
Christine Maple
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent and John Hamilton
Edward J. Nugent and John Hamilton
Edward J. Nugent and Kay Hughes
Edward J. Nugent and Kay Hughes
Edward J. Nugent
Edward J. Nugent
Edwin Maxwell
Edwin Maxwell
Edwin Maxwell and Fred 'Snowflake' Toones
Edwin Maxwell and Fred 'Snowflake' Toones
Edwin Maxwell listens to the dictating machine
Edwin Maxwell listens to the dictating machine
Edwin Maxwell and Theodore von Eltz
Edwin Maxwell and Theodore von Eltz
Edwin Maxwell
Edwin Maxwell
Grace Durkin
Grace Durkin
John Hamilton talks into the dictating machine
John Hamilton talks into the dictating machine
John Hamilton
John Hamilton
John Wray and Art Miles
John Wray and Art Miles
John Wray and Thomas E. Jackson
John Wray and Thomas E. Jackson
John Wray
John Wray
John Wray
John Wray
Kay Hughes
Kay Hughes
Lloyd Hughes
Lloyd Hughes
Lloyd Hughes and Grace Durkin
Lloyd Hughes and Grace Durkin
Lloyd Hughes
Lloyd Hughes
Lloyd Hughes
Lloyd Hughes
Pat Gleason
Pat Gleason
Ralf Harolde
Ralf Harolde
Smiley Burnette
Smiley Burnette
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Wedgwood Nowell
Wedgwood Nowell
William Newell and Edward J. Nugent
William Newell and Edward J. Nugent
William Newell
William Newell