Persons in Hiding


1h 9m 1939

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 10, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Persons in Hiding by J. Edgar Hoover (Boston, 1938).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Dorothy Bronson, a ruthless child of impoverished farmers, is determined to muscle her way into the good life. Believing that crime offers the quickest path to wealth, Dot teams up with Freddie "Gunner" Martin, a petty crook. After marrying Freddie, Dot grooms him to be a big-time criminal, engineering bigger and bigger jobs until she is the power behind a gang that will stop at nothing to get what it want. Freddie begins to worry as Dot squanders their plunder on furs and expensive perfumes. Flagler, another gangster proposes that they kidnap billionaire Burt Nast, but when Dot's gang stages Nast's kidnapping, she becomes the concern of the FBI, and the case is assigned to Pete Griswold, a relentless government agent, and his partner, Dan Waldron. Working with the ransomed Nast, Griswold traces the gang's hideout to Dot's parents' farm. In a blazing shootout, Dot and Freddie escape, but Dot's parents and Flagler are arrested. Feeling guilty about her mother's arrest, a remorseful Dot promises to turn Freddie over to the police in exchange for her mother's release. Learning of Dot's duplicity, Freddie tells the police where to find her and the money. Even with Freddie's information, however, the FBI searches in vain for Dot until she makes the mistake of purchasing a bottle of her favorite perfume, thus tipping the police off to her whereabouts. Brought to justice by Griswold and Waldron, Dorothy is convicted and learns that crime does not pay.

Film Details

Release Date
Feb 10, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the book Persons in Hiding by J. Edgar Hoover (Boston, 1938).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

According to an unidentified contemporary source, J. Edgar Hoover sold his book to Paramount for $10,000. This was the first in a series of four films based on Hoover's book. The other films were Undercover Doctor, Parole Fixer and Queen of the Mob. According to the Variety review for Undercover Doctor, Hoover exercised approval over the stories, completed production, and advertising for these films. According to an early Hollywood Reporter production chart, James Hogan was originally scheduled to direct and Hal Walker was to serve as his assistant director, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The copyright records credit John Cope as sound recorder, but his name does not appear in the onscreen credits.