Pardon Our Nerve


1h 8m 1939

Film Details

Also Known As
Samson and the Ladies
Release Date
Feb 24, 1939
Premiere Information
Brooklyn (NY) opening: week of 2 Feb 1939
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Film Length
6,011ft

Synopsis

Terry Wilson and Judy Davis sit in their apartment desperately trying to come up with some money, as they have no cigarettes and have not eaten a real meal in a week. Mr. Flemingwell, their landlord, arrives to collect $210 in back rent, but the girls convince him that their Uncle Charlie will arrive with the money soon. They then get a call from the Elite Escort Service to go horseback riding with Kid Ramsey, a heavyweight boxing contender, as a publicity stunt. However, unable to control their horses, the two race past the photographers and loose their mounts. They walk to Ye Old Oaken Bucket restaurant where the busboy, Samson Smith, mistakes Judy for his fiancée Arabella. Conning Samson out of ten dollars, the two decide to play the slot machines. They hit the jackpot, but the woman who had previously played the machine claims the money for herself. A fight breaks out, and when club owner Lucky Carson gets rough with Judy, Samson punches him. Terry and Judy slip into a taxi to escape the melee. Unable to pay their fare, they convince the cab driver, Nosey Nelson, to come back later for the money. The next day, Nosey arrives with Samson, his now unemployed roommate, and the four go to the escort agency to get the girls' money. Refused their pay due to the damage they caused, the girls steal a client, Mrs. Burleigh, who wants two prizefighters for her party. Judy, playing on her similarity to Arabella, convinces Samson to play one fighter, and Terry sends Nosey out to find another "plug." At the party, Terry meets sportswriter Dick Malone. When Samson mistakes heavyweight champion Daniels for the other boxer and knocks him out, Dick plays up the story in his paper. Soon, Terry and Judy become Samson's boxing managers, with Flemingwell bankrolling the troupe. Judy convinces each of Samson's opponents to strike her, causing Samson to knock them out. A Labor Day fight is set up between Samson and Ramsey. Samson receives a letter from Arabella, telling him she is leaving him because he is a boxer. Terry convinces Samson she has smoothed things over with Arabella, and that she will be at the fight. Duke Page, the champ's manager who has been ducking Ramsey, places a $100,000 insurance policy on Judy, knowing she is the key to Samson's fighting success. Slipping away from their bodyguard, Terry, Judy and Flemingwell are kidnapped by Carson's men. Without Judy or Arabella, Samson has little will to fight and becomes a mere punching bag for Ramsey. The girls and Flemingwell escape their kidnappers, only to have a car accident with Malone and the police. As the girls race to the fight on police motorcycles, Arabella arrives. Samson is knocked down by Ramsey and when Arabella attacks Ramsey, he knocks her down. Samson gets up and knocks Ramsey out just as the girls arrive. After the fight, Samson and Arabella decide to go back to Minnesota together. Learning that Flemingwell made $6,000 on the fight, Terry and Judy go off with him, telling him about another money-making scheme they have.

Film Details

Also Known As
Samson and the Ladies
Release Date
Feb 24, 1939
Premiere Information
Brooklyn (NY) opening: week of 2 Feb 1939
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Film Length
6,011ft

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Notes

The working title for this film was Samson and the Ladies. Although the Box Office review noted that this was the "third" film in the "Big Town Girls" series, which starred Lynn Bari and June Gale, it was actually the second and last of the Big Town Girls films. Hollywood Reporter production charts list Robert Allen in the cast, although his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In addition, Virgil Miller is listed as cinematographer and Joseph Santley as director in Hollywood Reporter production charts, though they received no onscreen credit. For more information on the proposed "Big Town Girls" series, see entry above for Meet the Girls.