Jean Parker plays the damsel in distress;she has been accused of murdering a man who had been black-mailing her for a while. All clues lead to her being the murderer, but she denies it right till the end-till she is being taken to the electric chair. Here is a complete review of the film included in this incredible DVD
A young woman, Mary Logan (Jean Parker), is accused of murdering a blackmailer who threatens to tell her boss, Mr. Gregory,that she was the daughter of Tom Logan, a racketeer he prosecuted. Although she claims she was framed. Her love interest, a doctor, Dr. Dwight Bradford (Douglass Fowley), who is conducting experiments on reviving the dead, also happens to be the state's executioner, and is assigned to pull the switch when she is strapped into the electric chair. A famous criminologist, Charles Finch (Lionel Atwill), believingher to be innocent, rushes to investigate the case and clear her before her execution date. Once he figures out who really dunit he and Mary's sister (Marcia Mae Jones) race against the warden's wall clock to getthe governor to postpone the execution while Mary's boyfriend, the state executioner, procrastinates on throwing the switch.
Running Time: 56 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PG
Jean Parker loved her work, and to this day, it still shows. The radiant young actress moved on to a film career lasting 35 years with over 80 films. Her roles spanned a broad range of feminine characters;from wide-eyed ingénues, to tragic heroines, from gypsies to country girls, from wisecracking amateur detectives to hard-boiled tough girls. While never a big star in films, Parker did considerably better on stage, appearing in the west-coast productions of such hits as Dream Girl and Born Yesterday.
During the early Thirties, Atwill became synonymous with horror films following his performance in Michael Curtiz's DR. X. Working steadily from his stage debut at age 20, most often in the plays of Ibsen and Shaw. Establishing himself in America, At will continued his stage work, supplementing his income with silent film appearances. At will loved Hollywood and the films and didn't care who knew it, not really concerned one way or the other whether he could be Broadway's number one star again or not.
Jean Parker was a hollywood legend that for some reason time forgot.This is one of her earlier works and she looks simply beautiful as the girl wrongly accused of killing the man who was black mailing her. It goes without saying that she gets sentenced to death but that she gets sprung at the last minute by a man who loves her and with whom she will obviously fall in love. Sure, it's a forumla holywood picture but it's a good one and the acting is top rate. It's also well edited and the tension builds nicely. (Written by Sam Winchester)
Frederick C. Davis
Harry O. Hoyt
Marcia Mae Jones
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