Dangerous Intrigue


59m 1936

Brief Synopsis

Anthony Halliday (Ralph Bellamy), brillant young surgeon, is forced to resign as chief of staff at a New York hospital when he is compelled to delay an appendectomy on the daughter of John Mitchell(Stanley Andrews), wealthy supporter of the hospital, because of an emergency operation he has to perform. The appendectomy is successful, but later complications cause the girl's death. Carol Andrews (Joan Perry), his fiancee, regards him as a failure and leaves him. Halliday, suffering from amnesia brought on by the shocks, drifts to Scranton, Pa.,where he gets work in the steel mill. He only remembers who he is when he finds himself bandaging some injured workers. The mill doctor, Miller (Edward LeSaint), asks him to become his assistant. Halliday remains at the mill under the name of John Davis. Because of many accidents at the mill, the smelter boss, Joe Kosovic (Fredrik Vogeding) is demoted. He becomes friendly with Halliday and invites him home for dinner, where he becomes attracted to Gerta (Gloria Shea), Joe school-teacher daughter. Accidents increase at the mill, and the mill's safety and personnel man, Brant (Fred Kohler), is ordered to investigate. Brant is actually in the pay of a rival firm trying to shut the mill. In school, Gerta hears Danny Brant (Georgie Billings) talking about a game called "Steel-Mill" that has a point of dropping bricks on people's heads. He sullenly refuses to tell Gerta that his father's conversations with his conspirators inspired it. Gerta inform Halliday about it, and he begins to investigate Brant's activities.

Film Details

Also Known As
Doctor Steele
Release Date
Jan 4, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

At New York's Mitchell Memorial Hospital, Dr. Tony Halliday is near collapse from nervous exhaustion. While he is treating a poor Italian child, the hospital's patron, John Mitchell, brings in his daughter. Tony angers Mitchell by operating on his daughter after the Italian, and when the girl later dies of thrombosis, Mitchell accuses Tony of negligence, which causes him to quit. Then Tony's fiancée Carol Elder tells him that she does not want to be engaged to a doctor who works at a clinic. Tony leaves in shock and contracts amnesia. After wandering aimlessly, Tony, using the name John Davis, finds employment at the Crocker Steel Works in Scranton, PA. One day an accident occurs at the steel works and Tony enters the company's hospital and instinctively takes over. Later, Tony meets mill school teacher Greta, who is daughter of Joe Kosovic, a steel worker. When Greta sees some children playing the "steel game," dropping bricks on people, Joe guesses that the recent spate of accidents were caused by a rival who wants to take over the plant. Brant, who has been paid by a rival mill for sabotage, blames the accidents on Tony. Brant's son, Danny, is injured when he follows his father to the mill and must be immediately operated on by Tony. When Brant learns this, he sacrifices his life to prevent the detonation of the works. Tony's old friends see his picture in the newspaper and recognize him, but he refuses to return to New York, preferring to remain with Greta.

Film Details

Also Known As
Doctor Steele
Release Date
Jan 4, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

The working title of this film was Doctor Steele.