Dragnet Patrol (December 15, 1931)
Released on December 15, 1931: Two sailors turned fishermen start rumrunning during Prohibition to earn the money that will keep their women happy.
Produced by Ralph M. Like
Directed by Frank R. Strayer
Written by Scott Darling
The Actors: Glenn Tryon (Larry White), Vera Reynolds (Millie White), Marjorie Beebe (Mabel), Vernon Dent (Cookie), Symona Boniface (Ethel Bainbrick), Walter Long (Jim Grainger), George 'Gabby' Hayes (Private Detective), George Chesebro (Chief Federal Officer), Lionel Backus (guest), Jack Cheatham (rumrunner), John Ince (the judge), Charles McAvoy (lookout), Charles McMurphy (Prohibition inspector), Frank Meredith (Federal Officer), Arthur Millett (Federal Officer), Maston Williams (Joe Molino)
Love, Honor and Oh Baby!
Women! What they can do to us guys! Cookie and Larry are two sailors home on leave, and Cookie invites Larry to come home with him and meet his wife and share dinner with them. When they get to Cookie's house he grabs a big stick, then knocks loudly on the front door and runs around the house where he wallops the fellow running out the back door. Coming back to the front he smiles and tells Larry that he hasn't missed one yet. Cookie and his wife Mabel introduce Larry to one of Mabel's friends and soon they are also married. So we have two happy couples headed for wedded bliss . . . or maybe not. First the girls make the boys quit the Navy so they can be home more, so the boys get jobs on a local fishing boat. Then Millie gives Larry the cold shoulder because he doesn't make big money . . . for gosh sakes, she is still wearing last season's clothes . . . how terrible. Well, the U.S. has made booze illegal, so of course there is more booze around than there was before Prohibition. The Feds chase rumrunners and catch a few, but the booze will flow fast and freely from Canada and the men who deliver it to the thirsty customers of the speak-easy clubs will make big money. Larry and Cookie decide to start running booze from Canada to the city to earn the money that will make their wives happy, while avoiding the bullets from both the Feds and the other gangsters that would try to stop them. Things get complicated with one more woman as Larry takes a wealthy gal as a partner who will give him the pleasures that Millie has stopped providing. The dragnet patrol of Federal Prohibition officers is after Larry as he tries to keep his women happy . . . what's a man to do . . . what's a man to do . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Glenn Tryon and Vernon Dent
Glenn Tryon and Walter Long
Glenn Tryon meets Symona Boniface
Glenn Tryon meets Vera Reynolds
Marjorie Beebe and Vera Reynolds
Marjorie Beebe is floored when Vernon Dent hits her
Symona Boniface, Glenn Tryon and Walter Long
Symona Boniface and Walter Long
Symona Boniface offers to become Glenn Tryon's partner
Vera Reynolds and Glenn Tryon sparking on the beach
Vera Reynolds faces Symona Boniface
Vera Reynolds as Millie White
Vera Reynolds and Glenn Tryon