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Whipsaw (1935)

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 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 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!

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Biseri Koronov 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

Originally planned as another William Powell and Myrna Loy pairing, but Powell was unavailable. 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

Harry Ames: Those birds are walking murder.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

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Loy and Tracy
23 December 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Whipsaw (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Myrna Loy is in with jewel thieves when she runs into another mug (Spencer Tracy) who's actually an undercover cop. Loy, knowing his real identity, plays along and the two hit the road with Tracy hoping she'll lead him to her gang. Considering the talent involve you have to put this one down as a minor disappointment even though there's still a lot of stuff to enjoy. The biggest problem with the film is that it's rather flat and doesn't contain too much energy outside of the performances. It seems the film never knew if it wanted to be a drama, a romantic comedy or perhaps just a romantic melodrama. It doesn't really do any of them things very well as there aren't too many laughs and the drama isn't really there as the story is pretty predictable. What does work is the romantic angle thanks in large part to the wonderful performances by Loy and Tracy. Loy makes for a terrific leading lady and comes off quite sensitive to the point where you have no problem seeing why the agent Tracy would fall for her. Tracy plays it pretty tough and believable but has no trouble sinking into his wonderful charm. The two of them together makes for a great couple and they certainly keep the rather standard screenplay going. John Qualen plays a farmer who the leads meet half way through the film and he delivers nice work as well. While there's no question a stronger screenplay would have done wonders with the film there's also no doubt that Loy and Tracy really shine here. Fans of the stars will probably find themselves enjoying this a lot more due to them.


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