Wrecking Crew (November 7, 1942)
Released on November 7, 1942: A wrecking crew worker seems to be jinxed and everyone around him is hurt or dies, until he meets his lucky charm.
Produced by William H. Pine and William C. Thomas
Directed by Frank McDonald
Written by Robert T. Shannon, Mauri Grashin, Maxwell Shane and Richard Murphy
The Actors: Richard Arlen (Matt Carney), Chester Morris (Duke Mason), Jean Parker (Peggy Starr), Joe Sawyer (Fred Bunce), Esther Dale (Mike O'Glendy), Alexander Granach (Joe Poska), Evelyn Brent (Martha Poska), Billy Nelson (Tom Kemp), William Hall (Red), Frank Melton (Pete), Fred Sherman (Emil), Alec Craig (Charlie), Nigel De Brulier (Father Zabinsky), Byron Foulger (mission worker), Ralph Dunn (bartender), Dick Elliott (traveling salesman), Jody Gilbert (Henrietta, Duke's blind date), Ralph Sanford (traffic cop)
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Do you believe that some people are jinxed? Can bad luck and disaster follow one fellow around? Chester Morris is rowdy wrecker Duke Mason, who moves from job to job with crews of men who tear down old buildings to make way for new ones.
As our adventure opens Duke is joining the wrecking crew that is demolishing the Great Western Hotel. The timbers are old and rotted, the mortar is loose and falling apart, and the work is very dangerous. The time is 1942 and safety standards as we know them today do not exist. The work is difficult, dangerous and often deadly.
One of the men on the crew doesn’t want Duke to join them. He remembers and tells us about several jobs in the past that he worked with Duke, and he recites the deaths and disabilities that have followed Duke. Duke is a bad luck jinx and if he joins this crew someone will certainly die.
It doesn’t take long before a fellow working with Duke dies . . . And Duke walks away wondering if he really is a jinx. Duke is walking along the crowded yet lonely streets when he approaches the door to a tavern. As he gets to the door it opens and the tavern owner is tossing a young lady out of the bar and warning her not to come back. He is holding a tight grip on the girl and threatening
Duke punches the tavern owner and the young lady is freed from his grip. She runs down the street with Duke chasing after her. When he catches up with her she explains that she got caught trying to rob a drunk in the tavern, and now, with no money and nothing to live for she tells Duke that she is on her way to the bridge to jump off and end it all.
Duke is sure she is not serious, and as they reach the bridge Duke stops to get a cigarette out of his pocket. As he lights it he tells the girl that she will never jump . . . . He tells her that if she was really going to end it all she wouldn’t be talking about it, she would just do it.
Suddenly as Duke finishes lighting his cigarette He hears a loud splash in the river below. Do you believe that some people are truly jinxed? Can bad luck and disaster follow one fellow around? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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