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A Holy Terror (1931)

Eastern millionaire's son Bard finds his father murdered and flies west to see rancher Drew who may know something about it. En route he crashes his plane into Jerry's bathroom; she falls ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Cummings

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Max Brand (novel), Myron C. Fagan (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Tony Bard aka Woodbury
Sally Eilers ... Jerry Foster
Rita La Roy ... Kitty Carroll
Humphrey Bogart ... Steve Nash
James Kirkwood ... William Drew
Stanley Fields ... Butch Morgan
Robert Warwick ... John Bard aka Thomas Woodbury
Richard Tucker ... Tom Hedges
Earl Pingree Earl Pingree ... Jim Lawler
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Eastern millionaire's son Bard finds his father murdered and flies west to see rancher Drew who may know something about it. En route he crashes his plane into Jerry's bathroom; she falls in love with him which makes her suitor Steve jealous. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He knew HORSES...but she knew MEN! (original herald)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den ridande hämnaren See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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I Am the Words (You Are the Music)
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown
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Who is the William Drew...and why was Thomas Woodbury having him watched?!
2 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, a rich man, Thomas Woodbury, dies. His son, Tony (George O'Brien), soon learns that for decades his father has been having a man named William Drew watched by private detectives. And, he learns that his father actually had a previous identity and lived originally in Wyoming. So, he decides to head to Wyoming and learn from Mr. Drew himself what the connection is between them. However, a few hiccups occur during his investigation. First, his plane crashes right into a pretty lady's bathroom while she's taking a shower. She's unhurt and Tony is DEFINITELY interested in seeing more of her. Second, one of Drew's employees, Steve Nash (Humphrey Bogart), is REALLY curious about Tony and why he wants to see Drew...and so he takes it upon himself to rough up the young man. But Tony soon escapes. What's really going on here? Who is Drew really and why would Nash act this way?

This is an early film of Bogart and that's the reason I decided to watch the movie. The print is pretty lousy but considering how hard it is to find Bogart's early films, I watched it on YouTube despite its shortcomings. While most folks today recognize Bogart as a top- tier star, he acted in a bunch of films in mostly minor roles for nearly a decade before his talents were recognized. Films like "A Holy Terror" might explain why, as Bogart was oddly cast as a guy from Wyoming...despite his strong New York accent and manners.

So is it any good? Well, since it's a cheap B-movie from Fox, it had a relatively small budget and certainly was NOT one of their premier productions back in 1931. And, I must admit that the secret that Tony discovers is a real DOOZY...making it worth your time waiting for this. But, on the other hand...the film just inexplicably ends...no fade out, no incidental music...almost like the just ran out of film! Odd...but still watchable.


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