Big Executive


1h 7m 1933

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 25, 1933
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Big Executive" by Alice Duer Miller in Heast's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Victor Conway, a successful young Wall Street executive, persuades feisty old-world businessman Commodore Richardson to sell him his share of a bank, despite the fact that Richardson disapproves of him. After a fight with his wife Sarah, Victor goes on a hunting expedition, and he accidentally shoots Sarah, killing her. Victor is released by the police for lack of motive and returns to work. Helena, Richardson's daughter, invites Victor to her home for a visit, hoping to kindle a romance between them and improve Richardson's and Victor's antagonistic relationship. A détente ensues until Richardson finds out Victor and Helena are engaged and he vows vengeance. After Victor's secretary, Miss Dolly Healy, brings Victor seemingly incriminating evidence concerning the death of his wife, Victor explains his situation to the Richardsons. His honesty is rewarded when Richardson destroys the evidence, but it is clear Victor is no longer a welcome visitor. Richardson then proceeds to destroy completely Victor's business, while also causing a market crash. Victor pays a goodwill visit to Richardson, who tells him that he has terminated his engagement to Helena. Helena regretfully returns Victor's ring, which he sells to a pawn shop for $1,000. Determined to get her man, Helena meets him at the shop and they are reunited.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 25, 1933
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Big Executive" by Alice Duer Miller in Heast's International-Cosmopolitan (Mar 1933).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Notes

According to news items in Hollywood Reporter, Cary Grant was originally slated for the lead role, but he left the cast due to illness, and was replaced by Ricardo Cortez. In addition, Helen Twelvetrees was also slated for a leading role in the film.