On Probation


60m 1935

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Peerless Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Peerless Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Despite a fortune-teller's death curse, Al Murray, a wealthy man of questionable business scruples, adopts Jane Peters to improve his public image. Jane was separated by the court from the fortune-teller, who was her foster mother and was training Jane as a thief. While Jane attends boarding school and grows into a beautiful woman, Al's fortune continues to mount, and he throws a party for her graduation. At the party, Al's girl friend, Mabel Gordon, senses Al's feelings for Jane, and she introduces Bill Coleman, a social rake, to Jane. Al breaks up with Mabel, and when he sees Bill try to kiss Jane, he hits the younger man. The party breaks up, and Al proposes to Jane, who is shocked by his offer, and decides to continue her plans to study interior design in Europe. Bill follows Jane to Europe and after they fall in love, he proposes to Jane and she accepts. Meanwhile, Al's shady business practices have left him facing arrest, and he plans to escape to the Orient, taking Jane with him. Jane refuses to travel with Al, who tries to take Jane with him by force. Jane struggles and hits Al over the head with a statuette. Jane believes she has killed him, thus fulfilling her foster mother's prophecy. When Jane leaves to get Bill's help, Dan, Al's henchman, puts Al in a trunk, and when Bill arrives with Jane, he suggests they take the trunk and escape to the Orient with Al's tickets. Al is still alive in the trunk, however, and when the train wrecks and catches fire, Bill pulls the trunk from the wreckage. The police arrest Al and Dan for framing Jane for Al's murder, and afterwards, Jane and Bill resume the trip, which is now their honeymoon.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Peerless Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Peerless Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
6 reels

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Trivia

Notes

Although a copyright statement appears on the opening credits, the film is not included in the copyright registry. According to modern sources, following are additional character names for the actors: Betty Jane Graham (Young Jane), Roy Rice and John Webb Dillon (Detectives), Arthur Loft (Benson), Margaret Fealy (Fagan woman), Edward J. LeSaint (Judge), Henry Rocquemore (Lambert), Lloyd Ingraham (Horne), King Kennedy (Clarence), James Robinson (Young black man) and Henry Hall (District attorney). Modern sources add the following actors to the cast list: Gino Corrado (Waiter) and Charles Hutchinson (Man at the station).