This is a terrific little film (especially given it’s from 1932) about characters who are sentenced to a chain gang and the terrible conditions they face. Sometimes 1930′s movies suffer from bad music, chattery dialogue and silly distractions but this is a very nice well shot piece of antique cinema. Richard Dix plays the top dog on a chain gang.
Audrey Hepburn stars as Reggie targeted by men for her murdered husbands fortune, Cary Grant plays Peter Joshua, a charming bachelor whom Reggie. With his help, Reggie tries to unravel the secrets to her husband’s hidden fortune in her ditsy cocktail sipping 1963 performance. Walter Matthau plays a convincing villian in his best sardonic style. It’s what you expect of all of these actors.
Mary Logan is accused of murdering a blackmailer. She is innocent but waiting on death row. Lionel Atwill plays the criminologist who must figure out whodunnit before Mary gets executed.
A cop gets killed when he runs into some gangster Marty Clark heisting a warehouse. This is a film noir, gumshoe gangster movie of the cheapest variety and it kind of rambles a bit. It’s still a fair movie and a pretty good example of the film noir genre.