Lee Tracy RKO 4 Film Collection [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Synopsis

Behind the Headlines
A newspaper reporter vies with his arch rival, who is also his girl friend, for the scoop on a recent bank robbery. The race nearly destroys their relationship until he saves her from the evil crooks. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Fixer Dugan
Carnival promoter Fixer Dugan (Lee Tracy) is so named because of his ability to mollify angry customers and process-serving sheriffs. Fixer also works overtime patching up the personal problems of the various carney performers. Along the way, he helps out lion tamer Peggy Shannon, who is in danger of losing her cats to a crooked rival, and Virginia Weidler, the orphaned daughter of the troupe's recently deceased high-wire artist. Bert Granet and Paul Yawitz adapted their screenplay from a story treatment by director H.C. Potter, who otherwise had nothing to do with this RKO programmer. Fixer Dugan was released in England as Double Daring. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Crashing Hollywood
This back-stage crime comedy, a remake of Lights Out (1923), takes a healthy satirical stab at the powerful studio system of the times. The trouble begins when an ex-convict and a screenwriter together write a screenplay based on the bank robbery that got the criminal in trouble with the law. After the film's release, the police, following the clues set forth on screen, capture the ex-con's former partners who escaped before. When other mobsters see the film and hear the story, they fear that such films will become the rage and they could go to jail, so they launch an all-out assault on a Hollywood studio creating all sorts of behind-the-scenes mayhem. Ironically, soon after Crashing Hollywood was released, a hit man for the Bugsy Siegel-Meyer Lansky Mob in New York spotted an extra who turned out to be former mobster "Big Harry" Greenberg, who snitched on his bosses and then disappeared. The hit man informed his superiors and soon afterward, Greenberg was slain. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Criminal Lawyer
Attorney Lee Tracy gains renown for his flamboyant courtroom tactics, which nearly always result in acquittal for his clients. Though none too honest, Tracy rises to the position of district attorney. Unbeknownst to the public, the D.A. is in the pocket of local gangster interests, who hope that their courtroom connections will allow them to operate unmolested. His conscience awakened by his faithful girlfriend (Margot Grahame), Tracy turns his back on his mobster cronies; his career is ruined, but he is "clean" for the first time in his life. Criminal Court is a remake of the 1932 John Barrymore vehicle State's Attorney; the later film makes several concessions to the now more stringent censors, especially when it comes to detailing the former profession of the D.A.'s lady friend. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Lee Tracy
    Lee Tracy - Eddie Haines
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    Diana Gibson - Mary Bradley
  • Donald Meek
    Donald Meek - Potter
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    Paul Guilfoyle - Art Martin
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    Philip Huston - Bennett
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