15 Maiden Lane


1h 3m 1936

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 30, 1936
Premiere Information
Brooklyn, N.Y. opening: 9 Oct 1936
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Film Length
5,825ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Detective Walsh has been investigating a series of thefts in the jewelry district along New York's Maiden Lane. At the prominent Whitman and Neilson Co., jeweler Neilson discovers that the Montagne Diamond has been stolen and replaced with a look-a-like. The alarm is sounded and Walsh responds. Whitman explains that after he showed the diamond to Frank Peyton, he noticed that it had been switched. When Payton is questioned, however, he denies knowledge of the theft. Walsh also questions a young woman named Jane Martin, into whose purse Payton slipped the diamond. Whitman is worried, but he tells Walsh that he pays a high premium to Jewelers' Indemnity and Protective Corporation. At the office of John Graves, the corporation's president, Nick Shelby, acting as representative for the thieves, tells him that he can recover the stone for $6,000, far less than it would cost to replace it. At the front desk of her apartment building, Jane places the stolen diamond into her strongbox for safekeeping. She then goes up to her apartment where Peyton, who has been waiting for her inside, searches her purse for the diamond. She tells him where she has hidden it, and intrigued by her behavior, Peyton asks her why she did not tell the detective that he had planted it on her. She replies that she too is a thief, but in reality, she is Graves's niece and is bent on capturing the thieves who have cost her father so much money. Peyton suggests that they work together to dispose of the diamond and arranges a meeting place with Shelby to collect the money. While Peyton is distracted, Jane secretly calls the police and tips them off to the meeting. However, before the police arrive, Peyton has already left the scene with Jane. Suspicious of Jane, Peyton stages a robbery in which a man is apparently shot to see if she will remain silent. When Peyton tells her that the robbery was a test and that the man did not die, Jane decides that she must prove beyond a doubt that she too is a thief. Enlisting her uncle in the scheme, Jane pretends to steal an emerald necklace to demonstrate her skill. Convinced, Peyton invites her to the home of Gilbert Lockhart, one of the biggest jewelry brokers in the city. There, Lockhart shows a film demonstrating the cutting of the famous Magna Diamonds, worth over a million dollars. Lockhart reveals that he has contracted to purchase the diamonds from the owner, Harold Anderson, who is in attendance. After the party, Anderson is abducted by one of Lockhart's men, robbed of the million dollars and murdered. Meanwhile, Walsh, who has learned Jane's true identity, realizes that she is in terrible danger. He rounds up his men, and they travel to Lockhart's house, where they arrive just in time to capture Peyton and Lockhart. Once she has recovered from a gunshot wound she received from Lockhart, Jane vows to give up her amateur detecting, and she and Walsh have lunch.

Cast

Claire Trevor

Jane Martin

Cesar Romero

Frank Peyton

Douglas Fowley

Nick Shelby

Lloyd Nolan

Detective Walsh

Lester Matthews

Gilbert Lockhart

Robert Mcwade

John Graves

Ralf Harolde

Tony

Russell Hicks

Judge Graham

Holmes Herbert

Harold Anderson

Rhea Mitchell

Elevator operator

Charlotte Bird

Elevator operator

Frank Mayo

Elevator starter

Arthur Hoyt

Neilson

Howard C. Hickman

Mr. Whitman

Murray Kinnell

Fingers

Henry Antrim

Waiter

Larry Wheat

Guest in nightclub

Patricia Patrick

Guest in nightclub

Gertrude Pedlar

Guest in nightclub

Rupert Franklin

Guest in nightclub

Louis Natheaux

Shyster lawyer

Marie Astaire

Arrested girl

James Baker

Police switchboard operator

Oscar Apfel

Diamond cutter

Arno Frey

Diamond cutter's son

Paul Fix

Agitator

James Conaty

Pedestrian

Florence Wright

Guest

Louise Bates

Guest

Oliver Cross

Guest

Montague Shaw

Jim

Grace Hale

Giddy woman

Laura Treadwell

Mrs. Stuart

Leonard Carey

Lockhart's butler

Helene Caverly

Guest at Lockhart home

Jean Lawrence

Guest at Lockhart home

Evelyn Mulhall

Guest at Lockhart home

Katherine Perry

Guest at Lockhart home

Frances Pyle

Guest at Lockhart home

Gwen Seager

Guest at Lockhart home

Jack Cheatham

Policeman

Leon Brace

Policeman

Bob Ellsworth

Policeman

Harry Neilman

Policeman

Jerry Miley

Lockhart's chauffeur

Miki Morita

Graves's butler

Ken Alden

Detective

Guy Usher

Desk sergeant

Theresa Harris

Black maid

Stanhope Wheatcroft

Business man

Edward Peil Sr.

Engineer

John Bleifer

Look-out

Natalie Moorhead

Society crook

Earle Fox

Society crook

David Newell

Peyton's chauffeur

G. Pat Collins

Fake detective

Richard Powell

Fake detective

Ernie Stanton

Peyton's butler

Reginald Simpson

Chauffeur

Harry Cook

Man in mob scene

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 30, 1936
Premiere Information
Brooklyn, N.Y. opening: 9 Oct 1936
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Film Length
5,825ft (7 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Constance Bennett was originally to star in this film, but she appeared instead in Ladies in Love (see below). Also, according to Hollywood Reporter, Harry Cook, an "unwitting actor" who appeared in a mob scene, filed an injunction to have exhibition of the film stopped. The injunction was denied, but no information has been located concerning the disposition of Cook's suit.