The Reckoning (February 15, 1932)
Released on February 15, 1932: A young girl in love with a safe cracker tries to get him to go straight, but they have great difficulty escaping a New York City policeman.
Directed by Harry L. Fraser
Written by Dwight Cummings, Harry L. Fraser and Leon Lee
The Actors: Sally Blane (Judy Marsh), James Murray (Terry), Edmund Breese (crime boss Doc), Bryant Washburn (Bob), Pat O'Malley (unknown), Thomas E. Jackson (Detective Ellis), Mildred Golden (Peg), Douglas Scott (young boy Henderson)
"They slice it thin, but it's still baloney"
The sensuous Sally Blane once said something like, "My sister (Loretta Young) gets all the big budget movie parts, but I get all the boyfriends." In this New York City crime adventure she is Judy Marsh, the girlfriend of safe cracker Terry, played by James Murray, who I resemble in one important way. No, I would never claim to be as handsome as young Murray . . . just 'guilty looking' - much like James Murray. In the very first scene we watch James Murray and Sally Blane in a nightclub and he looks guilty as sin even though he hasn't done anything wrong . . . recently.
When police officer Ellis comes into the club and just looks around, this fellow looks so guilty that even his mother would give him a spanking just on account. That's how I am - even if I am totally innocent, if you look at me like you suspect me of skullduggery I will feel and look guilty. Sally Blane wants him to go straight, but the safe cracker who taught him his trade thinks that going straight is so much baloney - no matter how thin you slice it, it is still baloney. As much as the young lovers try to get away from crime boss Doc they keep getting sucked back into his world until one dark night when Sally Blane unknowingly helps set up a safe cracking job . . . but policeman Ellis, played by silent film star Pat O'Malley, is one step ahead of them.
The bullets will fly before the night is over and death will visit the Henderson house. When it is all over we will discover if crime really pays, and if our two young lovers will be able to go straight . . . or straight to jail. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter and enjoy the show.
Bryant Washburn and Mildred Golden
Bryant Washburn gets home from work and greets Mildred Golden
Bryant Washburn in The Reckoning
Bryant Washburn gets home from work
Douglas Scott as the Henderson child, in the arms of Daddy
Douglas Scott plays with his electric train as Sally Blane watches
Edmund Breese and Thomas E. Jackson
Edmund Breese as jewel thief Doc
Edmund Breese as Doc in The Reckoning
James Murray and Bryant Washburn
James Murray and Edmund Breese
James Murray and Sally Blane listen to Edmund Breese as he promises them that they should all go straight
James Murray and Sally Blane in the nightclub watch as Policeman Pat O'Malley enters
Mildred Golden as Peg
Mr. Henderson meets Thomas E. Jackson
Thomas E. Jackson and Bryant Washington
Thomas E. Jackson as policeman Ellis in The Reckoning
Thomas E. Jackson
Sally Blane wants James Murray to give up his life of crime
Sally Blane and Mildred Golden
Sally Blane and Thomas E. Jackson
Sally Blane as Judy Marsh in The Reckoning
Sally Blane leaves the nightclub
Sally Blane listens at the kitchen door