Go Get 'Em Haines (June 16, 1936)
Released on June 16, 1936: (running time 56 minutes) A newspaper reporter chases a corrpupt businessman aboard a steamship headed for Europe, but before he can get his story, the fleeing businessman is murdered.
Produced by George A. Hirliman
Directed by Sam Newfield
Written by George Wallace Sayre
The Actors: William Boyd (Steve Haines, newspaper reporter), Sheila Terry (Jane Kent), Eleanor Hunt (Gloria Palmer, nightclub showgirl), Lloyd Ingraham (Ship Captain Ward), LeRoy Mason (Tony Marchetti, gangster nightclub owner), Jimmy Aubrey (Reggie Parks, drunk ship's passenger), Clarence Geldart (Henry Kent, famous actor), Lee Shumway (John Graham, corrupt businessman), Louis Natheaux (ship's steward), Ernest Hilliard (Walter Barnard, newspaper editor), Dick Curtis (cab driver Mike)
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The Man with Two Bodies . . . Both Murdered
During the golden age of Hollywood movies the smart characters who solved murder mysteries were usually either private detectives or newspaper reporters. In this story the fellow who solves the mystery is William Boyd as newspaper reporter Steve Haines.
William Boyd acted in his first Hollywood movie in 1918, and this movie in 1936 would be William Boyd’s final movie . . . . As any character other than Hopalong Cassidy.
William Boyd had performed as Hopalong Cassidy in three movies before this one was filmed, but after this movie, his fame as Hopalong Cassidy grew so great that the rest of his acting career was devoted to the beloved cowboy character.
He would star in 66 Hopalong Cassidy stories before hanging up his cowboy hat, and would later personally purchase the whole Hopalong Cassidy franchise. After filming the final Hopalong movie, William Boyd would earn an even greater fortune marketing Hopalong Cassidy merchandise, including children's lunch boxes, radio shows and his movies packaged for television for the baby boom boys and girls of the 1950’s.
In this non-cowboy movie we can see more of his natural personality and understand why he became such a popular person. Most movie newspaper reporters are over-the-top with character traits, and for William Boyd it came naturally. Usually newspaper reporters in movies are drinking too much, or more obnoxious than normal, or pushier than normal. In this story newspaper reporter Steve Haines is happier than normal.
Bill Boyd's infectious joy of life is so impossible to miss that mid-way through the story I was thinking that I should classify the movie as a comedy, but despite his unquenchable joy, it is a murder mystery at sea.
Newspaper reporter Haines has been given the assignment to get a story on a reclusive wealthy businessman who seems to be having bad times with his business. When he gets to his mansion he sees a crowd of reporters at the front door who are also trying to get inside, so he hops around to the back of the mansion.
Just as he is approaching the back door, the businessman rushes past him with luggage in each hand and wearing dark sunglasses. Haines follows him to the docks where the man boards a steamship headed to Europe. The young reporter gets on the ship with the fleeing businessman.
Haines gets stuck aboard the steamship when it leaves for Europe, but before he is able to interview the corrupt businessman, he is murdered. But wait. . . . This mystery will become more complicated, because immediately after the fleeing businessman is murdered, Haines gets a telegram from his newspaper editor informing him that the businessman is not the man on the ship, because the businessman was found murdered in his mansion just before the ship left the port.
Now we have two murders . . . . Two bodies . . . . and more suspects than we could ever imagine. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
William Boyd, Eleanor Hunt
William Boyd, Sheila Terry
Clarence Geldart, Lloyd Ingraham, William Boyd
Lee Shumway, Eleanor Hunt
LeRoy Mason, Eleanor Hunt
LeRoy Mason, Eleanor Hunt
Lloyd Ingraham, Clarence Geldart, William Boyd
Lloyd Ingraham, Sheila Terry
Lloyd Ingraham, William Boyd
Louis Natheaux, Sheila Terry
William Boyd, Clarence Geldart
William Boyd, Ernest Hilliard
William Boyd, Jimmy Aubrey
William Boyd, Lee Shumway
William Boyd, Louis Natheaux