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Whipsaw (1935)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 18 December 1935 (USA)
Hoping to nab a gang of jewel thieves, a government agent poses as a crook and travels across the country with a female thief.

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Sam Wood

Writers:

Howard Emmett Rogers (screen play), James Edward Grant (from the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Myrna Loy ... Vivian Palmer
Spencer Tracy ... Ross McBride
Harvey Stephens ... Ed Dexter
William Harrigan ... 'Doc' Evans
Clay Clement ... Harry Ames
Robert Gleckler ... Steve Arnold
Robert Warwick ... Robert W. Wadsworth
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Monetta (as George Renevent)
Paul Stanton ... Chief Hughes
Wade Boteler ... Humphries
Don Rowan ... Curley
John Qualen ... Will Dabson
Irene Franklin ... Mme. Marie
Lillian Leighton ... Aunt Jane
J. Anthony Hughes ... Bailey
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Storyline

Vivian, Ed and Harry steal jewels in Paris. In New York government agent McBride accompanies Vivian riding across the country with the loot. She falls in love with him and gives up crime; he finds the stash and arrests her. Rival crooks Doc and Steve, who had already stolen the stolen jewels once, attempt to take them once again. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Here She is at Last!...Laughing, Loving, Wise-Cracking Again as She Kisses a Stranger and Romps Away on the Merriest, Maddest Romantic Adventure You've Ever Seen!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unexpected Bride See more »

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Budget:

$238,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM executive E.J. Mannix chastised cinematographer James Wong Howe for filming Myrna Loy with mussy hair when she awakens at John Qualen's house, since MGM spent millions glamorizing their star. The scene is in the Turner library print. See more »

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The doctor shows up at the remote farmhouse carrying just the typical doctor's bag. However, after the birth, both Vivian and the doctor appear wearing surgical caps and full-length gowns. See more »

Quotes

Ross 'Mac' McBride aka Danny Ross Ackerman: Will you quit worrying about those guys? You'd think you were traveling with a cripple or an interior decorator!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

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Can a stalwart FBI agent and a sophisticated jewel thief find happiness?
8 July 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Whipsaw is the picture that answers that burning question in the title.

This was Spencer Tracy's second film under his new MGM contract when he switched studios from Fox in 1935. With few exceptions Tracy starred in routine action films while at Fox and working in Whipsaw must have made Spence feel he was still at Fox. Other than the fact Louis B. Mayer instead of Darryl Zanuck was signing his paycheck, he wouldn't have known the difference from the quality of material he was being asked to do.

Myrna Loy however had already found her screen persona in The Thin Man a year earlier at MGM. So why she was asked to do Whipsaw is beyond me.

Basically the plot is Myrna is the confederate of jewel thief Harvey Stephens who's just made a big score. Stephens has a problem though, he's got to watch out for the law and for another gang who wanted in on the robbery.

The FBI has decided that the best way to Stephens is through Myrna and they've sent ace G-Man Spencer Tracy to work undercover and gain her confidence. Of course Spence gains more than her confidence.

So how will it work out for our intrepid duo? See the film if you are big fan of both of the stars, but only if that. Myrna and Spence both did much better work.

But big things were breaking for Tracy soon. He got cast as Father Timothy Mullin in San Francisco, got the first of his Oscar nominations, changed his screen image, and the rest as he later said in one of his better films is cherce.

As for Loy, I'm sure she was grateful to get back to working with William Powell in another Thin Man film. In fact she got to work with Powell and Tracy in Libelled Lady one of the best screen comedies from MGM ever. See that film by all means.


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