Our Leading Citizen


1h 29m 1939

Film Details

Also Known As
Us Americans
Release Date
Aug 11, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

Practicing law in a once small town that has evolved into an industrial city, attorney Lem Schofield has not lost sight of his ideals. Lem is joined in his firm by his deceased partner's son, Clay Clinton, who is in love with Lem's daughter Judith. The young man is too anxious for quick success, and disdainful of Lem's homespun philosophy, however and soon leaves for the grandiose quarters of the town's most influential industrialist, J. T. Tapley. Tapley, unknown to Clay, is planning to use the attorney's good name as a political stepping stone to gain patronage. When Tapley imposes a ten percent wage cut at his factory, the workers walk out on strike, precipitating a labor war. Lem immdiately withdraws as Tapley's attorney, but Clay, ignorant of the nefarious tactics that Tapley is planning, stays on. To crush the strike, Tapley calls in a gang of strikebreakers led by Shep Muir. While pacifist union leader Jim Hanna struggles to end the strike peacefully, communist agitator Jerry Peters arrives in town to advocate radicalism and violence. Riots break out, and amid an atmosphere of fear and suffering, Lem steps in to quell the unrest. After insuring the arrest of agitators Peters and Muir, Lem works to institute a labor settlement, and Clay, finally recognizing Lem's virtues, nominates him for the position of United States Senator.

Cast

Bob Burns

Lem Schofield

Gene Lockhart

J. T. Tapley

Susan Hayward

Judith Schofield

Joseph Allen Jr.

Clay Clinton

Charles Bickford

Shep Muir

Elizabeth Patterson

Aunt Tillie [Clark]

Clarence Kolb

Jim Hanna

Paul Guilfoyle

Jerry Peters

Fay Helm

Tonia

Kathleen Lockhart

Mrs. Barker

Otto Hoffman

Stony

Kathryn Sheldon

Miss Swan

Hattie Noel

Druscilla

Monte Blue

Frank

James Kelso

Chief of police

Harry C. Bradley

Director

Frances Morris

Maid

Thomas Louden

Frederick, First butler

Olaf Hytten

Charles, Second butler

Phil Dunham

Janitor

Gus Glassmire

Doctor

Sid D'albrook

Workman

Oscar G. Hendrian

Workman

Paul Kruger

Workman

Harry Tenbrook

Workman

George Magrill

Workman

Galan Galt

Workman

Mae Busch

Woman worker

Phyllis Godfrey

Woman worker

Nell Craig

Bridge player

Peggy Leon

Bridge player

Lillian West

Bridge player

Ruth Robinson

Mrs. Hanna

Marty Faust

Shep's lieutenant

Howard Mitchell

Shep's lieutenant

Max Wagner

Shep's lieutenants

Edmund Elton

Pastor

Helen Brown

Secretary

Wesley Giraud

Caddie

Gaylord Pendleton

Intern

Ed Lesaint

Doctor

Heinie Conklin

First porter

Sid Saylor

Sam

C. L. Sherwood

Porter

Walter Shumway

Passenger

Charles Hamilton

Passenger

Bernie Lamont

Passenger

Ethan Laidlaw

Plain clothesman

Jane Webb

Telephone operator

Gertrude Messinger

Telephone operator

Florence Dudley

Telephone operator

Sam Hayes

Radio announcer

Russell Hicks

Chairman

Paul Everton

Politician

Larry Steers

Delegate

Bert Wilson

Delegate

Broderick O'farrell

Delegate

Arthur Arlington

Delegate

Cyril Ring

Delegate

Clark Morgan

Delegate

Wally Maher

Clerk at convention

Harry Bailey

Member

Hayden Stevenson

Member

Harry B. Stafford

Member

Helen Dickson

Member

Jack Richardson

Member

Ethel May Halls

Member

Thomas Curran

Member

Frank O'connor

Member

Film Details

Also Known As
Us Americans
Release Date
Aug 11, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Film Length
9 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this picture was Us Americans. According to an unidentified but contemporary source in the AFI library, Martha Raye was to have starred in the picture and Frederick Hazlitt Brennan was to have scripted, although his participation in the final film was unconfirmed. Reviews note that labor groups picketed this film in protest of its representation of the labor movement.