Sworn Enemy


1h 13m 1936
Sworn Enemy

Brief Synopsis

A law student poses as a fight promoter to catch a notorious gangster.

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Film Details

Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Sep 11, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "It's All in the Racket," by Richard Wormser (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

On law student Hank Sherman's first night working at the Decker produce company, thugs tell him that he has to pay ten dollars to join their "protective association." Just as he refuses, owner Eli Decker drives by and prevents Hank from getting a beating. Decker is fed up and wants to clean the thugs out, and because he is impressed with Hank, he gives him a job as his chauffeur. Some time later, Hank falls in love with Decker's secretary Margaret "Peg" Gattle. One day, she asks him to drive her to Sing Sing to meet someone who is being released from prison. The man, Dr. Simon Gattle, is her father, who was wrongly imprisoned twelve years previously and has since been gathering information on Joe Emerald, the gangster who framed him. At Decker's house, they meet with Paul Scott from the district attorney's office and discuss the means to convict Emerald. Gattle says that Emerald only deals in cash and feels that finding his safe could lead to his arrest on income tax evasion. Outside, Dutch McTurck, an old friend of Hank's warns him to leave Decker, but instead Hank goes to Decker and asks to be part of the investigation. Minutes later, Hank's brother Steve, who is a fight promoter, asks to accompany Decker in his car to discuss a possible fight at Madison Square Garden for his boxer "Steamer" Krupp Hank drives the car, but cannot prevent it from being hit by a steam shovel that kills both Decker and Steve. At Steve's funeral, Hank is bent on revenge but, pretending that he needs a job, accepts Dutch's offer to work for him. Actually, Hank is working undercover with the district attorney and Gattle. On Hank's first "raid" with Dutch, they put castor oil in milk cans owned by a company that will not pay for "protection." When the police arrive, Hank is wounded and hides in a boxcar with Dutch, then kills Dutch when he sees him about to shoot a policeman. Other gang members accuse him of carelessly causing Dutch's death and want him to leave, so he decides to approach Emerald through another means. Hank talks to the grieving Steamer and encourages him to keep boxing to impress Emerald, who is an avid sports promoter, and help put Steve's killers behind bars. Soon Steamer wins so many fights that Emerald, who only walks with the aid of two canes and desperately wants to "own" a champion, offers to buy his contract for $10,000. Hank agrees under pressure from Emerald's gang, but when Steamer cannot fight without Hank, Emerald hires him as Steamer's silent manager who will earn the manager's cut, but let everyone believe that Emerald is the real manager. Hank then tells Emerald that his girl friend Peg wants to be an actress and insists that she also get a job. Some time later, Peg pretends to pass out from drinking in Emerald's penthouse, then sets fire to the apartment. As smoke builds, Emerald rushes to his steam room, then collapses. Steamer then carries him to safety and later tells Hank, who realizes that the safe must be hidden in the steam room. They then arrange to have police detective Simmons go into Emerald's apartment during Steamer's fight to look through the safe. Unknown to them, a huge storm causes the fight's cancellation and Emerald arrives just as Hank, Peg, Gattle and Simmons are in the steam room. Emerald then locks them in and turns on the steam, but Steamer arrives and lets them out. As Emerald then enters the steam room to see what has happened, Simmons blows up the vault. Finally, when Emerald is arrested, Hank and Peg hide in the steam room for some private kissing.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Sep 11, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Distribution Company
Loew's Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "It's All in the Racket," by Richard Wormser (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

This film was the first of six in which Robert Young and Florence Rice co-starred as a romantic "team." Their last film together was M-G-M's Miracles for Sale (1939, ).