The Adventures of Jane Arden


58m 1939
The Adventures of Jane Arden

Brief Synopsis

A reporter poses as a jewel smuggler to unmask a criminal gang.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Crime
Adaptation
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Mar 18, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the comic strip "The Adventures of Jane Arden" created by Monte Barrett and Russell E. Ross (1928--1968).

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Reporter Jane Arden is convinced that debutante Martha Blanton has a story to tell, and her instinct is proven correct when Martha is killed. Jane is also sure that the man the police arrest is not the man who killed Martha. Ed Towers, the newspaper's editor, fires Jane for incompetence and then meets secretly with her. He hands her an undercover assignment, introducing her to Bill Clifton, a special investigator for the Jewelers Association. Bill explains that Martha was involved in a jewel smuggling ring and was killed when she tried to leave. They suspect the reputable firm of Thayer and Co. of being the ringleader, but have been unable to find any proof of wrongdoing. Jane's first act is to try and sell Thayer and Co. some stolen jewels, using a false name, just as Albert Thayer and Dr. George Vanders are looking for another woman to take Martha's place in the gang. Vanders is impressed by Jane, but Thayer is suspicious. Jane agrees to smuggle in some jewels from Bermuda, but on board the ship, Thayer sees Ed leaving Jane's cabin and has him followed. Learning that he is a newspaperman, Thayer cables Vanders with the news, but Vanders decides to go through with their plans and intends to kill Jane after the jewels are successfully brought into the country. Jane meets Vanders and his accomplice, Lola Martin, on the ship but does not realize that they are involved in the gang. Meanwhile, Thayer kidnaps Ed and holds him hostage. In Bermuda, Lola becomes jealous of Vanders' attentions to Jane and refuses to steal the jewels. Vanders walks in on Jane while she is phoning Bill with the latest plans, but he warns her that Ed is in danger if she does anything to jeopardize the robbery. When they arrive at the party, however, they discover that the jewels have already been stolen. Vanders then realizes that Lola committed the robbery in order to have them all for herself. Jane and Vanders wait for Lola in her room, and when she arrives, Lola tells Vanders that his identity is known and suggests that they escape together. Unknown to Vanders, Ed has escaped and tricked Thayer into a confession. He flys to Bermuda, where he sees Vanders and Lola leaving with Jane. He chases them and finally shoots Vanders. On the boat returning home, Ed reveals that he loves Jane and they kiss.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Crime
Adaptation
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Mar 18, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the comic strip "The Adventures of Jane Arden" created by Monte Barrett and Russell E. Ross (1928--1968).

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Articles

Adventures of Jane Arden -


Jane Arden was a nationally syndicated comic strip created by Monte Barrett and Russell E. Ross which focused on the adventures a girl reporter whose existence was likely inspired by the Stratemeyer Syndicate's Hardy Boys novels but who hit the ground running three years ahead of the introduction of bobbysoxer sleuth Nancy Drew. Running in syndication from 1927 until 1968, the daily inspired not only film and radio adaptations of its own but paved the way for such iconic lady newshounds as Superman's Lois Lane and Brenda Starr, Reporter. After actress Ruth Yorke provided the voice for Jane Arden in a short-lived radio adaptation, Warner Bros. acquired movie rights to the character as a vehicle for one of its newest acquisitions, 20 year-old Rosella Towns. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, as Rosella Townsend, the university professor's daughter was spotted by studio head Jack Warner as a participant in a department store fashion show and was offered a Hollywood contract. Rechristened Rosella Towns, the newcomer found herself acting opposite Ronald Reagan in such films as Sergeant Murphy (1938), Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), and Secret Service of the Air (1939). The Adventures of Jane Arden (1939) was intended as the first in a series but subsequent entries never materialized and Towns was soon demoted to bit player - the same year she turned up in uncredited bits in Dark Victory and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Married to writer Harry Kronman in 1942, Towns retired after playing a supporting role in Republic's A Gentle Gangster (1943). She died at age 96 in 2014.

By Richard Harland Smith
Adventures Of Jane Arden -

Adventures of Jane Arden -

Jane Arden was a nationally syndicated comic strip created by Monte Barrett and Russell E. Ross which focused on the adventures a girl reporter whose existence was likely inspired by the Stratemeyer Syndicate's Hardy Boys novels but who hit the ground running three years ahead of the introduction of bobbysoxer sleuth Nancy Drew. Running in syndication from 1927 until 1968, the daily inspired not only film and radio adaptations of its own but paved the way for such iconic lady newshounds as Superman's Lois Lane and Brenda Starr, Reporter. After actress Ruth Yorke provided the voice for Jane Arden in a short-lived radio adaptation, Warner Bros. acquired movie rights to the character as a vehicle for one of its newest acquisitions, 20 year-old Rosella Towns. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, as Rosella Townsend, the university professor's daughter was spotted by studio head Jack Warner as a participant in a department store fashion show and was offered a Hollywood contract. Rechristened Rosella Towns, the newcomer found herself acting opposite Ronald Reagan in such films as Sergeant Murphy (1938), Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938), and Secret Service of the Air (1939). The Adventures of Jane Arden (1939) was intended as the first in a series but subsequent entries never materialized and Towns was soon demoted to bit player - the same year she turned up in uncredited bits in Dark Victory and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. Married to writer Harry Kronman in 1942, Towns retired after playing a supporting role in Republic's A Gentle Gangster (1943). She died at age 96 in 2014. By Richard Harland Smith

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