X Marks the Spot (December 13, 1931)

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X Marks the Spot
 

Released on December 13, 1931: A newspaper reporter owes a big favor to a gangster and discovers that the gangster is the killer of a woman that the newspaper man is accused of killing.

Directed by Earl C. Kenton

The Actors: Lew Cody (George Howard), Sally Blane (Sue, newspaper secretary), Wallace Ford (Ted Lloyd), Fred Kohler (Riggs), Mary Nolan (Vivyan Parker), Virginia Lee Corbin (Hortense), Helen Parrish (Gloria as a child), Joyce Coad (Gloria), Charles Middleton (district attorney Harry B. Miles), Clarence Muse (Eustice Brown), Richard Tucker (unknown)

 

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Honor Among Thieves

A lot of old movies end in a way that I don't agree with . . . . I'm sure there are plenty of movies that end differently than you find comfortable also. For me, this is one of them. Yes, it is an exciting ending, no soft soap to finish this one off, it will be a shoot-out full of suspense and excitement . . . I just wanted . . . and expected . . . something else. Our characters are Wallace Ford as cocky hot-shot reporter Ted Lloyd vs gangster Riggs, played by Fred Kohler. And it is one morally confusing tale of two men whose lives intersect twice with much different results each time. Reporter Ted rushes to a hit and run accident scene in the small hick town and discovers that the little victim is his little sister Gloria. It turns out that little Gloria will be crippled for life . . . unless Ted can scrape up $5,000 to take little Gloria to a famous doctor in Germany. He tries to borrow money from his editor and his best friend the District Attorney, but while both of them would love to help Ted, neither of them has that kind of money lying around. In desperation he goes to the local gangster in town and begs for the money. He offers to exchange dirt on the District Attorney, his best buddy, in exchange for the cash, and Riggs the gangster gets angry and slugs Ted, telling him that there is nothing that he hates more than a stool pigeon who would rat out on his best friend. But before Ted leaves, Riggs gives him the money he needs, and wants nothing in return. Ted promises that he will never forget the kindness that gangster Riggs has shown him. Eight years pass and Ted is now a big gossip columnist on a big New York City newspaper, and one night after visiting a fast-living Broadway star in her apartment she is brutally strangled to death, and as the last person to see her alive, Ted is arrested for her murder. Ted's editor gets him out of jail until the trial, and Ted goes on the hunt for the real killer, and who do you think it turns out to be? Yup, small time gangster Riggs from the old days, who helped Ted get the operation that allowed his sister to walk again. Well, I'm sure that you can see the dilemma and crisis that this creates for Ted, and you now know all that you need to know to entice you to watch this adventure. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled on top and enjoy the show.

Helen Parrish as a little girl
Helen Parrish in the newspaper

Charles Middleton as Harry Miles
Charles Middleton as Harry Miles
Clarence Muse questioned by police
Clarence Muse questioned by police
Clarence and the pomeranian in X Marks the Spot
Clarence and the pomeranian in X Marks the Spot
Fred Kohler and Wallace Ford
Fred Kohler and Wallace Ford
Fred Kohler as Riggs
Fred Kohler as Riggs
Fred Kohler gives Wallace Ford $5,000
Fred Kohler gives Wallace Ford $5,000
Fred Kohler in court
Fred Kohler in court
Helen Parrish and Wallace Ford
Helen Parrish and Wallace Ford
Joyce Coad as Gloria
Joyce Coad as Gloria Lloyd
Lew Cody as newspaper editor George Howard
Lew Cody as newspaper editor George Howard
Lew Cody in X Marks the Spot
Lew Cody in X Marks the Spot
Mary Nolan and Clarence Muse and Wallace Ford
Mary Nolan and Clarence Muse and Wallace Ford
Mary Nolan as Vivyan Parker
Mary Nolan as Vivyan Parker
Mary Nolan in X Marks the Spot
Mary Nolan in X Marks the Spot
Sally Blane watches as Wallace Ford says goodbye to Joyce Coad
Sally Blane watches as Wallace Ford says goodbye to Joyce Coad
Sally Blane is newspaper secretary Sue
Sally Blane is newspaper secretary Sue
Sally Blane doesn't want Wallace Ford to go into the room with the killer
Sally Blane doesn't want Wallace Ford to go into the room with the killer
Sally Blane in X Marks the Spot 1931
Sally Blane in X Marks the Spot 1931
Sally Blane fears for Wallace Ford when he agrees to go into the room with the killer
Sally Blane fears for Wallace Ford when he agrees to go into the room with the killer
Wallace Ford and Charles Middleton
Wallace Ford and Charles Middleton
Wallace Ford and Mary Nolan
Wallace Ford and Mary Nolan
Wallace Ford, Sally Blane and Lew Cody
Wallace Ford, Sally Blane and Lew Cody
Wallace Ford as newspaper reporter Ted Lloyd
Wallace Ford as newspaper reporter Ted Lloyd
Wallace Ford kisses Sally Blane at her typewriter
Wallace Ford kisses Sally Blane at her typewriter
Wallace Ford kisses Sally Blane
Wallace Ford kisses Sally Blane
Wallace Ford shoots into the tear bomb fog
Wallace Ford shoots into the tear bomb fogs