Perilous Holiday


1h 29m 1946

Brief Synopsis

Based on a "serial" story by Robert Carson that ran in the Saturday Evening Post, this tale of an international counterfeiting-ring operating in Mexico starts with Patrick Nevil (Pat O'Brien)viewed as a suspicious character by newspaper woman Agnes Stuart (Ruth Warrick), who is working on a story to expose racketeering night-club owner Doc Lilley (Alan Hale.) She searches Lilley's home and finds the counterfeiting plates and thinks Nevil is part of the gang.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 21, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Phil L. Ryan Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the serialized novel Perilous Holiday by Robert Carson in Collier's (21 Oct--11 Nov 1944).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

In Mexico City, U.S. Treasury Department investigator Patrick Nevil is assigned to follow newspaper columnist Agnes Stuart and report her activities to Secret Service agent Graeme. Patrick, a playboy, fears that his assignment will interfere with his romantic pursuit of Audrey Latham, a young woman from Seattle, until he meets and falls instantly in love with Agnes. Refusing to give up on Patrick, Audrey, accompanied by her wealthy friend, George Richards, joins him and Agnes for an evening of fun at the El Vaquero nightclub. There, Agnes tells Patrick that the club owner, Doctor Lilley, is an American racketeer who ordered the killing of her father. Patrick discovers the true purpose of Agnes' visit to Mexico City when she tells him that she plans to expose Lilley by setting a trap for him. George, who is a friend of Lilley, offers Patrick money to leave town and cease his investigation, but Patrick refuses the bribe. Patrick soon realizes that he has stumbled onto a dangerous racketeering operation when Manuel Perez, Agnes' driver, is found murdered. Believing that Agnes is in a great deal of danger, Patrick tries to dissuade her from executing her plan, but she responds by accusing him of being an operative for Lilley. During their conversation, Agnes tells Patrick that she suspects that George is really a counterfeiter named Freddie Nigh. Later, Audrey tells Agnes that she and Patrick are engaged, after which Agnes, devastated by the news, goes to Lilley's. Patrick follows her there, and he and Agnes discover Lilley's plan to flood Europe with counterfeit bills. Patrick and Agnes are then caught searching Lilley's house, and are about to be killed when Audrey arrives, unaware of the danger they all face. Lilley sentences Audrey to die with the others, and assigns a guard to carry out the executions while he plans to flee the country. Patrick manages to overpower the guard and free Audrey and Agnes, but the three are quickly recaptured by George. While attempting to transport his three prisoners back to the house, George is arrested by Graeme and the Mexican police. With George, Lilley and the other racketeers in police custody, Audrey tells Agnes that she was lying about her engagement to Patrick, leaving Agnes free to resume her romance with the secret agent.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 21, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Phil L. Ryan Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the serialized novel Perilous Holiday by Robert Carson in Collier's (21 Oct--11 Nov 1944).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

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Notes

This was the first and only film produced by Phil L. Ryan Productions, Inc. Actor Alan Hale was borrowed from Warner Bros. for the picture. According to a February 28, 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item, one-third of the production was to be filmed on location in Mexico City.