A Shot in the Dark (February 1, 1935)

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Get That Man
 

Released on July 11, 1935: A cab driver who looks like the murdered heir to a fortune takes his place before anyone knows that the real heir is dead.

Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet

The Actors: Wallace Ford (Jack Kirkland and Johng Prescott II), Finis Barton (Diane Prescott), E. Alyn Warren (Jay Malone, Private Investigator), Leon Ames (Don Clayton / McDonald), Lillian Miles (Fay Prescott, John Jr's wife), Laura Treadwell (Mrs. John Prescott Sr.), William Humphrey (Mr. Brownlee), Johnstone White (Mr. Joyce), Budd Buster (police line registrar), Lafe McKee (Watkins, auto court proprietor), Victor Metzetti (line-up detective), Hal Taliaferro (Thomas the Prescott chaueffeur), Ray Turner (Washington White)

 
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Leon Ames - from Killer to Judy Garland's Father

Leon AmesI remember Leon Ames as the kindly father of Judy Garland in the 1944 classic "Meet Me in St. Louis", but the path that led him to roles like that included this 1935 movie, where he is young, tough, cold blooded killer Don Clayton along with his girlfriend, cheating wife Fay Prescott, played by Lillian Miles. He was born Leon Waycoff, and wanted to be an actor for as long as he could remember. For a while Ames worked as a salesman in a shoe store on 42nd street to stay close to the Broadway theater action. In 1933 he finally got his big break with a role in the Broadway show, "It Pays to Sin" . . . which closed to horrible reviews after only three performances. He had better luck in the movies, where he got several small parts in mostly low-budget films, working his way into better and better parts as the years went along. In this crime thriller he is the buddy of John Prescott, who will one day inherit a fortune when his dad passes on. He is having an affair with Prescott's wife Fay, and in the scene where we meet them and learn this he fights with Prescott and kills him. He and Prescott's wife don't miss a beat, changing their appearance and running from the crime scene. Meanwhile, back at the homestead, father Prescott has died and Junior would inherit a fortune . . . except that his buddy and his wife just killed him . . . now what . . . . Enter crooked private eye Jay Malone who discovers a cab driver who looks amazingly like the young heir. When the devious dick discovers that the real heir has been killed, instead of turning in the wife and buddy that killed him, he goes to the look-alike cab driver and forces him to assume the heir's identity to get the money and split it with the private eye. And they might just get away with it except the killer (Leon Ames) and the heir's widow turn up at the house and discover the duplicity of the lawyer and fake son. They want a piece of the action also, demanding a big chunk of cash to keep their mouths shut. Ahhhh . . . . of course this tale will twist and turn . . . there will be more death . . . . actually a surprising amount of death for a nice 1935 crime adventure. But have no fear, there will be a 'happily ever after' ending, so pop that white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Budd Buster
Budd Buster
E. Alyn Warren and Victor Metzetti
E. Alyn Warren and Victor Metzetti
E. Alyn Warren and Wallace Ford
E. Alyn Warren and Wallace Ford
E. Alyn Warren as Jay Malone
E. Alyn Warren as Jay Malone
Finis Barton and Wallace Ford get stopped for a speeding ticket
Finis Barton and Wallace Ford get stopped for a speeding ticket
Finis Barton confronts Wallace Ford when she discovers he is married
Finis Barton confronts Wallace Ford when she discovers he is married
Hal Taliaferro and Finis Barton
Hal Taliaferro and Finis Barton
Hal Taliaferro and Wallace Ford
Hal Taliaferro and Wallace Ford
Lafe McKee and Wallace Ford
Lafe McKee and Wallace Ford
Laura Treadwell and Finis Barton
Laura Treadwell and Finis Barton
Laura Treadwell as widow Prescott
Laura Treadwell as widow Prescott
Leon Ames and E. Alyn Warren
Leon Ames and E. Alyn Warren
Leon Ames and Lillian Miles
Leon Ames and Lillian Miles
Leon Ames in Get That Man
Leon Ames in Get That Man
Lillian Miles and E. Alyn Warren
Lillian Miles and E. Alyn Warren
Lillian Miles and Finis Barton and Wallace Ford
Lillian Miles and Finis Barton and Wallace Ford
Lillian Miles and Leon Ames
Lillian Miles and Leon Ames
Lillian Miles as Fay Prescott
Lillian Miles as Fay Prescott
Lillian Miles in Get That Man
Lillian Miles in Get That Man
Ray Turner in Get That Man
Ray Turner in Get That Man
Wallace Ford and Finis Barton
Wallace Ford and Finis Barton
Finis Barton cleans car grease from Wallace Ford's cheek
Finis Barton cleans car grease from Wallace Ford's cheek
Wallace Ford as heir John Prescott II
Wallace Ford as heir John Prescott II
Wallace Ford confronts Leon Ames with lipstick on his cheek
Wallace Ford confronts Leon Ames with lipstick on his cheek