The Frame-Up


59m 1937

Film Details

Also Known As
Right Guy
Release Date
May 1, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Right Guy" by Richard E. Wormser in Blue Book Magazine (Dec 1936).

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

When racing magnate Ellery Richards learns that a ring of bookmakers are betting a large sum of money on his horse, "Red Roger," a longshot in the upcoming Granville Sweepstakes, he suspects foul play and asks Mark MacArthur, chief of the State Racing Commission detectives, to investigate. After Richards takes Mark to his stables, where they discover that Red Roger has been secretly replaced by a mystery horse, Mark questions bookie Soapy Connor and learns that the head of the gang is Larry Mann. When Mark goes to Mann and tells him that he intends to put a stop to his scheme, Mann prevents him from doing so by telling him that he has kidnapped his secretary and sweetheart, Betty Lindale. Although Mark complies with Mann's order to halt the investigation, he returns to Red Roger's stable with his assistant, Joe Lavery, to take another look at the horse. While Mark examines the Red Roger substitute, he is bitten in the arm by the horse. Realizing that the impression of the horse's teeth marks might help him identify the replacement horse, Mark makes a cast of the impression. The cast shows that the horse had dental work, which helps Mark identify it as "Billy G.," a horse belonging to James Weston. Later, Mark, believing that Weston has been silenced by the gang, goes to him and tricks him into admitting that Mann has blackmailed him in order to get him to keep quiet about the horse switching. After leaving Weston, whom he has placed under police protection, Mark goes to Mann and tells him that he knows the truth about his blackmailing, and that both Weston and Franey Forrester, a Mann gunman that Mark has detained, have left town. Checking up on Mark's story, Mann finds evidence that suggests that he is telling the truth and, believing himself cornered, takes Mark to the place where Betty is being kept. As the reunited lovers are about to leave, however, Weston, who has managed to escape, shows up and tells Mann that he has been tricked. Things look bad for Mark and Betty until the police arrive and capture the gangsters.

Film Details

Also Known As
Right Guy
Release Date
May 1, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Right Guy" by Richard E. Wormser in Blue Book Magazine (Dec 1936).

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
6 reels

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Trivia

Notes

A working title for this film was Right Guy, and it was reviewed as such by Motion Picture Herald.