Cast & Crew
Lon Chaney Jr.
John Arthur Lennox, an underworld chieftain and owner of a nightclub, is nicknamed "Silk" because of his fondness for the expression that things are "fine as silk." Jimmy Lambert and his girl friend, Lola Trimmer, work as singers at the club. When two police inspectors investigate Silk at the club, Jimmy plays a recording that makes it appear as if Silk is on the telephone. By doing this, Jimmy inadvertently provides Silk with an alibi for a bank robbery. When Deacon, the gangster who is holding the stolen money, tries to leave town, Silk intercepts him at the train station and kills him. The money is not found on his body, however, and Lefty, another gang member, suspects that it is hidden in the express office. Meanwhile, Jimmy becomes suspicious of Silk's activities, and when a witness overhears Jimmy and Lola discuss the recording that he played, Silk is arrested. In the police line-up, Silk meets Fingers Smalley, who agrees to break open the express office safe. When witnesses refuse to identify Silk because they are afraid of reprisals, he is released and returns to the club. After establishing an alibi at the club, Silk and Fingers attempt to rob the express office, but the police arrive as Fingers opens the safe. Silk is killed during the ensuing gunfight and Fingers explains that he is really a G-man named Ferguson. Jimmy and Lola are reunited at the police station.
Lon Chaney Jr.
Frank Newman And His Orchestra
Jack Nelson is credited with Ray Kirkwood as co-director in Hollywood Reporter production charts, although Kirkwood receives sole direction credit on screen. No contemporary reviews were found for this film. According to a card on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the picture was rejected on June 30, 1936. The reason typed on the card was "Gangster picture," and the certification was temporarily withdrawn. No additional information on the reasons for the withdrawal have been identified.