Go Get 'Em Haines (June 16, 1936)
Released on June 16, 1936: 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), Sheila Terry (Jane Kent), Eleanor Hunt (Gloria Palmer), Lloyd Ingraham (Ship Captain Ward), LeRoy Mason (Tony Marchetti), Jimmy Aubrey (Reggie Parks), Clarence Geldart (Henry Kent), Lee Shumway (John Graham), Louis Natheaux (the Steward), Ernest Hilliard (the 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.
Bill Boyd acted in his first Hollywood movie in 1918, and this movie in 1936 would be Bill 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.
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 the 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. This leads to that and Haines is on the ship with the fleeing businessman, along with a gangster who is dating the fleeing businessman’s old girlfriend, and the girlfriend herself is aboard ship.
Haines will also meet a pretty blonde that he makes his moves on, and when the fleeing businessman is murdered, they all have a motive for killing him. 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.
Bill Boyd and Eleanor Hunt
William Boyd and Sheila Terry
Clarence Geldart, Lloyd Ingraham and William Boyd
Lee Shumway and Eleanor Hunt
LeRoy Mason and Eleanor Hunt
LeRoy Mason and Eleanor Hunt
Lloyd Ingraham, Clarence Geldart and William Boyd
Lloyd Ingraham and Sheila Terry
Lloyd Ingraham and William Boyd
Louis Natheaux and Sheila Terry
Photo of Eleanor Hunt
William Boyd and Clarence Geldart
William Boyd and Ernest Hilliard
William Boyd and Jimmy Aubrey
William Boyd and Lee Shumway
William Boyd and Louis Natheaux