High Tension


1h 3m 1936

Film Details

Also Known As
Trouble Makers
Release Date
Jul 17, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,686ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

While his boss, Willard Stone, frantically tries to reach him by phone when a trans-Pacific cable goes out and customers are upset, cable layer Steve Reardon, whose expertise has saved Stone in the past, is at the scene of the problem in an underwater tank at the ocean's bottom near Hawaii. However, instead of working, he is reading an episode in the pulp adventure story, "The Son of Neptune," written by the woman he loves, Edith McNeil, who based the series on him and his tales. Steve successfully repairs the cable and then returns to San Francisco, where Stone accedes to his demand for a $1,000 bonus and two weeks vacation so that he can marry "Mac." After Steve falls asleep in Stone's office following some drinks and arrives four hours late for a date with Mac, she gets angry when he complains that she is taking too long to dress. They argue and Steve, believing that she has been using him only to get inspiration for her stories, walks out. At a beer joint, when Steve, now extremely drunk, has a sympathetic piano player, Eddie Mitchell, play "A Woman Made a Monkey Out of Me," a tough picks a fight with Steve, planning to have his partner steal Steve's money, but Eddie retrieves Steve's wad before Steve is knocked out with a mallet by the bartender. The next day, Steve awakens next to Eddie in his bed with a piece of steak on his eye. Learning that Eddie studied engineering in college, Steve offers to help his new friend to be a real engineer. One year later, Eddie has become a "bang-up" engineer and, together with Steve, returns to San Francisco. After Steve buys a ring for Mac, whom he hasn't seen since their quarrel, he arrives at her apartment to find her with the subject of her new series, "Ladies Love Champions," the heavyweight boxing champion, Terry Madden. Steve's subsequent brawl with Terry is ended when "the Major," a comical, tipsy statue, falls on Terry's head and knocks him out. Steve is arrested for fighting, and Mac bails him out. Steve then says that he will get a job at the home office, they agree to marry if their romance can last for six months. Steve goes to work for Stone's underling, F. Willoughly Tuttle, a bureaucrat who has disdain for Steve and his extravagances, while Eddie takes the position as superintendent of the Honolulu station. In Honolulu, Eddie encounters hostility from chief engineer Noble Harrison, who, according to Eddie's secretary Brenda Burke, thinks he should have gotton Eddie's position. When Harrison cables San Francisco that, against his advice, Eddie plans to correct a shifting coral formation which threatens to wreck their frayed cable by blasting, Steve talks Stone into sending him to Honolulu to help. However, when he tells Mac about it and reveals that he agreed to Stone's demand that he stay on a year, Mac throws a picture at him, and their engagement is broken. In Honolulu, Steve throws Harrison out and flirts with Brenda, of whom the unassertive and shy Eddie, has grown fond. Tired of Eddie's unresponsiveness and obsession with work, Brenda accepts Steve's attentions. After Steve maliciously sends Mac a picture of himself with Brenda in a bathing suit, Mac tries to remove her ring but can't and accepts her maid Hattie's advice that she take the ring to Steve. Meanwhile, Eddie warns Steve not to "make a monkey" out of Brenda, and Steve realizes Eddie's unspoken feelings for her. He then meets Mac and spends the evening before the planned blast with her, thus breaking a date with Brenda. When Steve fails to show up for the 6 a.m. blast, Eddie, whose earlier idolization of Steve irked Brenda, decides to go ahead without him and thus impresses Brenda. After Eddie dives into the coral, it shifts and blocks his air line. Steve, arriving late, dives to rescue Eddie as Brenda and Mac watch together. Later, as Steve tells a tall tale exaggerating his rescue and Brenda and Eddie embrace, a cable arrives from Stone stating that if Steve marries Mac, he'll get a five-year contract and that Mac can have permission to travel and get her stories from him. Overjoyed, Mac acknowledges that she has learned that fish can't live out of water.

Cast

Brian Donlevy

Steve Reardon

Glenda Farrell

Edith McNeil

Norman Foster

Eddie Mitchell

Helen Wood

Brenda Burke

Robert Mcwade

Willard Stone

Theodor Von Eltz

Noble Harrison

Romaine Callender

F. Willoughby Tuttle

Joseph Sawyer

Terry Madden

Hattie Mcdaniel

Hattie

Murray Alper

Chuck

Beulah Hutton

Secretary

Margaret Brayton

Secretary

Dewey Bender

Messenger boy

Marvin Stephens

Office boy

June Gittleson

Fat girl

Sherry Hall

Heckling clerk

Louis Natheaux

Heckling clerk

Anita Thompson

Telephone operator

Lucille Miller

Telephone operator

Virginia Paxton

Telephone operator

Ruth Peterson

Clerk--'Frisco office

Christine Gossett

Clerk--'Frisco office

Julie Carter

Clerk--'Frisco office

Dorothy Jones

Clerk--'Frisco office

Sonya Mitchell

Clerk--'Frisco office

Florence Wright

Clerk--'Frisco office

Gloria Roy

Clerk--'Frisco office

Landers Stevens

Businessman

Wilfred Lucas

Businessman

Eddie Hearn

Businessman

John Rogers

Janitor

Joe Brown

First bartender

Harry Tenbrook

Second bartender

Ward Bond

Husky man

Harvey Perry

Little man

Sam Benson

Meek-mannered man

Gordon Carveth

Waiter

Duke Green

Man in cafe

James Dundee

Man in cafe

John Collins

Man in cafe

Bob Rose

Man in cafe

Matt Gillman

Man in cafe

Charles Dorety

Taxi driver

Philo Mccullough

Draftsman

Dale Van Sickel

Draftsman

Eric Alden

Draftsman

Fred Kelsey

Desk sergeant

Bruce Mitchell

Jailer

Ernest Wood

Jewelry salesman

Mabel Kialoha

Japanese waitress

Mia Schiska

Japanese waitress

Sol Hoopii

Hawaiian

Al Kikume

Hawaiian

Iris Yamaoka

Japanese maid

Dick Elliott

Sundholm

Ben F. Hendricks

Blake

Wade Boteler

Man at oxygen tent

Russ Clark

Air operator

Earl Eby

Doctor

J. Anthony Hughes

Telephone operator

Walter Lawrence

Radio operator

Pat O'malley

Ship's mate

Pat Hartigan

Speedboat pilot

Ethan Laidlaw

Winch operator

Fred N. Brown

Winch operator

A. H. Bogard

Winch operator

Wayne Rivers

Winch operator

George Chandler

Man at Honolulu dock

Film Details

Also Known As
Trouble Makers
Release Date
Jul 17, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,686ft (7 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Trouble Makers. J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston's story was entitled "Here Comes Trouble." Twentieth Century-Fox used that title for another film which they released earlier in 1936.