Romance on the Run (May 11, 1938)

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Romance on the Run
 

Released on May 11, 1938: An insurance office secretary follows a suave private detective who is following a pair of jewel thieves being followed by a Police Lieutenant.

Produced by Herman Schlom

Directed by Gus Meins

The Actors: Donald Woods (Barry Drake), Patricia Ellis (Dale Harrison), Grace Bradley (Lily Lamont), William Demarest (Eckbart), Edward Brophy (Whitey Whitehouse), Craig Reynolds (Charlie Cooper), Andrew Tombes (J.W. Ridgeway, insurance company man), Bert Roach (the happy drunk hosiery salesman), Leon Weaver (Pappy Hatfield), Edwin Maxwell (Mondoon), Granville Bates (Phelps, jewelry store owner), Jean Joyce (Dolly), Georgia Simmons (Ma Hatfield)

 

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The Elusive Necklace

Edward Brophy studied at the University of Virginia to become a lawyer, but he detoured for a bit in an early movie studio. The young chubby fellow enjoyed hanging around the New York motion picture studio of Norma Talmadge, and eventually married the studio secretary Ann Slater, who had just divorced actor Eugene Pallette, and they lived happily until his death in 1960.

Edward appeared in a couple of bit parts in the Talmadge silent movies, but not having a ‘leading man’ body, he worked behind the scenes as a property manager. Silent movie star Buster Keaton married Norma Talmadge’s sister Natalie, and Keaton used Edward in several of his comedy movies, and the chubby, wide-eyed lawyer became a famous character actor. He is best remembered as the half-wit henchman in gangster movies, but he was also the voice of Timothy Mouse in the Disney cartoons featuring Dumbo the elephant.

Edward Brophy died in 1960 while doing what he loved the most. He had a character part in the John Ford classic, ‘Two Rode Together’ and died while on the set.

In this romantic crime adventure he is the Gentleman’s Gentleman for suave and handsome private detective Barry Drake, played by Donald Woods. Grace Bradley, the real life wife of cowboy star William ‘Hopalong Cassidy’ Boyd, is the nightclub singing gangster’s moll.

The 'Czarina's Tears,' a valuable diamond encrusted necklace has been stolen from a jewelry story in a daring nighttime robbery, and the insurance company is on the hook for a small fortune unless the company can find the necklace and return it. The insurance company hires the dapper and sophisticated private detective Barry Drake to recover the necklace, and he has a good idea who stole the necklace.

A torch singer in a nightclub and her boyfriend have stolen the necklace and the private eye tries to get it back, but they are too smart for him, and when he searches their apartment he finds a paste duplicate necklace and returns it to the insurance company while Lily Lamont and her boyfriend skip town with the real necklace.

When private eye Drake discovers that he’s been tricked, he and his goofy side-kick head to Cincinnati after the two jewel thieves. The young beautiful insurance company secretary chases after private eye Drake because she thinks that he has the real necklace . . . and Police Lieutenant Eckhart, played by William Demarest, chases after all of them. The mad chase goes from New York to Cincinnati, and from Cincinnati to a moonshiner’s cabin in Tennessee, where everyone catches up with everyone else. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Donald Woods and Patricia Ellis
Donald Woods and Patricia Ellis
Edward Brophy
Edward Brophy
Andrew Tombes
Andrew Tombes
Andrew Tombes
Andrew Tombes
Bert Roach and Donald Woods
Bert Roach and Donald Woods
Craig Reynolds
Craig Reynolds
Craig Reynolds and Donald Woods
Craig Reynolds and Donald Woods
Craig Reynolds and Donald Woods
Craig Reynolds and Donald Woods
Craig Reynolds and Grace Bradley
Craig Reynolds and Grace Bradley
Craig Reynolds
Craig Reynolds
Donald Woods and Edward Brophy
Donald Woods and Edward Brophy
Donald Woods, Edward Brophy and Patricia Ellis
Donald Woods, Edward Brophy and Patricia Ellis
Donald Woods and Edward Brophy
Donald Woods and Edward Brophy
Donald Woods and Jean Joyce
Donald Woods and Jean Joyce
Donald Woods kisses Patricia Ellis
Donald Woods kisses Patricia Ellis
Donald Woods
Donald Woods
Edward Brophy
Edward Brophy
Edward Brophy and Donald Woods
Edward Brophy and Donald Woods
Edward Brophy and Donald Woods
Edward Brophy and Donald Woods
Edward Brophy, Patricia Ellis and Donald Woods
Edward Brophy, Patricia Ellis and Donald Woods
Edward Brophy and William Demarest
Edward Brophy and William Demarest
Edward Brophy
Edward Brophy
Edwin Maxwell
Edwin Maxwell
Fred Santley
Fred Santley
Georgia Simmons
Georgia Simmons
Grace Bradley and Craig Reynolds
Grace Bradley and Craig Reynolds
Grace Bradley and Donald Woods
Grace Bradley and Donald Woods
Grace Bradley singing
Grace Bradley singing
Granville Bates
Granville Bates
Leon Weaver
Leon Weaver
Lynton Brent
Lynton Brent
Patricia Ellis
Patricia Ellis
Patricia Ellis and Andrew Tombes
Patricia Ellis and Andrew Tombes
Patricia Ellis and Donald Woods
Patricia Ellis and Donald Woods
Patricia Ellis
Patricia Ellis
William Demarest and Donald Woods
William Demarest and Donald Woods
William Demarest and Patricia Ellis
William Demarest and Patricia Ellis
William Demarest
William Demarest