Cast & Crew
J. Carroll Naish
In the rural community of Uhlerville, bumbling Frankie Peterson enjoys his reputation as the laziest man in town, while his hard-working wife Emma encourages their daughter Joan to avoid marrying a local boy and find work in New York City. After Joan fights with her father and her boyfriend, forester Bill Parker, over her future, three men--John Knox, Eddie Baxter and Al Miller--show up at the Petersons' ramshackled home and ask for lodging. Unknown to Frankie, Knox is actually fugitive bank robber Mike Clark, a former New York bootlegger whose house Frankie claimed after the gangster had abandoned it years before. Anxious to please his paying guests, who are hiding not only from the police but from fellow gangster Norris as well, Frankie throws a welcoming party in their honor and negotiates to have the house painted. To insure the secrecy of their hideaway, Clark orders the hot-tempered Al and the loutish Eddie to maintain a smiling demeanor and ignore the interfering ways of Frankie and his bratty son Oscar. Clark also advises Al to stop flirting with Joan, whose interest in the smooth-talking New Yorker has aroused the jealousy of Bill and the paternal concern of Frankie. Sure that Frankie is unsuspecting, Clark, who has hidden $100,000 in stolen cash in the nearby woods, offers him one hundred dollars to deliver a message to a "business associate" in New York. With Joan in tow, Frankie delivers the message and then goes to the New York address that Clark had listed when he bought the Uhlerville property. After discussing his desire to buy Clark's property with a Mrs. Beamish, Frankie returns to his hotel room, unaware that the old woman is on Norris' payroll. Alerted by Mrs. Beamish, Norris sends two men to deliver Frankie to him and learns that Clark is staying with Frankie. When Frankie returns to Uhlerville, he reveals to Clark that he met with Norris. Fearful that Frankie was followed, Clark, Eddie and Al flee the house but are immediately gunned down by Norris and his gang. As Clark lays dying, he confesses his identity to Frankie and tells him about the hidden money. For his efforts, Frankie is declared a local hero, while Joan, who is no longer enamored of the city, reunites with Bill.
J. Carroll Naish
The working title of this film was A House in the Country. A Hollywood Reporter news item adds Zeffie Tilbury to the cast, while Motion Picture Herald's "The Cutting Room" includes Frank M. Thomas in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed.