Man Hunt


1h 3m 1933
Man Hunt

Brief Synopsis

A teen detective tries to help a jewel thief's daughter.

Film Details

Also Known As
A Successful Blunder
Genre
Drama
Mystery
Release Date
Mar 24, 1933
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
King Motion Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Because of his obsession with amateur detective work, seventeen-year-old William "Junior" Scott, Jr. is soon fired from his job, but is unable to break the bad news to his hard-working mother. Determined to prove himself, Junior takes his youthful assistant, Abraham, and sets out to find another job and a "case" that they can solve. After a frustrating day of searching, Junior meets Josie Barrows, a teenager who has recently moved to Junior's small town with her father, and impresses her with his "detective" skills by revealing details about her habits that he has deduced through simple observation. That night Josie informs her father, a jewelry salesman named Henry Woodward who has stolen a half million dollars worth of diamonds from his employer, about Junior. Although Josie wants her repentant father to turn himself over to the police, he insists on hiding and asks Josie to find out how much Junior really knows about them. While at Josie's home, Junior shows Woodward his newspaper clippings file of unsolved mysteries, which includes a story about the diamond robbery and Woodward's apparent demise. Disturbed by the article, Woodward excuses himself and starts to write a confession of guilt, but tears it up before finishing. Woodward is then surprised by James J. Wilkie, his co-conspirator, who has come to claim his share of the diamonds. When Woodward tells Wilkie, who had disguised a tramp's corpse to resemble Woodward, that he is going to the police, Wilkie kills him and flees. The next day Wilkie represents himself to the police as a Jewelers' Association detective, and Junior unwittingly shows him a toupee that he found in Woodward's hand. Although Wilkie interrogates Josie harshly, she maintains her ignorance of the diamonds' whereabouts and turns to Junior for support. Junior, however, is berated by his mother, who has found out about his firing, and loses his self-confidence. After Josie gives him a pep talk and reveals her belief that the jewels are hidden outside her house, Junior tells Wilkie that he knows the diamonds' location. Frustrated by Junior's fumbling attempts to find the jewels, Wilkie shoves him and his dog down a shallow well. There Junior finds the diamonds but, as he is handing them to Wilkie, discovers that the detective is bald and deduces his guilt. Eventually, Wilkie is arrested by the police, and Junior, who has earned a $10,000 reward, is embraced by Josie and forgiven by his mother.

Film Details

Also Known As
A Successful Blunder
Genre
Drama
Mystery
Release Date
Mar 24, 1933
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
King Motion Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

The working title of this film was A Successful Blunder. Motion Picture Herald reviewed it under that title.