Scandal Street


1h 2m 1938

Film Details

Also Known As
They Knew What Happened
Release Date
Feb 11, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Joe McKnight temporarily leaves his fiancée, Nora Langdon, for an expedition in a South American jungle. Nora gets a position as librarian in the small town of Midberg, where she boards with the Smith family. Nora is befriended by her next-door neighbor Austin Brown, who, unknown to his wife, is engaged in a moneymaking scheme with James Wilson. Ada Smith and her friends spread gossip about the innocent relationship between Brown and Nora. One of Nora's staunch defenders is neighboring schoolgirl Wilma "Willie" Murphy, who tells tall tales and, because of her curly hair and clumsiness, is mercilessly teased by her schoolmates. One night, Nora warns Brown that, according to information that she found at the library, the business he is starting is against a postal law. Later, Brown receives a telegram from the post office informing him that Wilson's plan is a fraud. Brown demands his $2,500 investment back from Wilson. When Nora goes to Brown's house to retrieve her glasses, she finds him dead on the floor. Brown's wife Birdie finds her by the body and accuses her of murder. Joe returns to find Nora in jail, and because of the cruel gossip surrounding her, the district attorney promises he will do his best to prove her guilt. Willie, who hates Wilson because he has been courting her mother Maybelle, digs up a pair of Wilson's gloves she was using, and gives them to Joe as evidence. During the trial, Wilson incriminates himself by saying that he killed Brown because Brown threatened to call the police if he did not return his money. Nora is released, the gossipmongers are proven wrong and Willie gets back at her friends when Nora and Joe help straighten her hair.

Film Details

Also Known As
They Knew What Happened
Release Date
Feb 11, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of the film was They Knew What Happened. Screen Achievements Bulletin records that a dispute in October 1937 over writer credits occurred because Bertram Millhauser felt that as Eddie Welch only contributed "a few lines" to the script, he did not deserve screen credit. Paramount supported Welch, noting that "Mr. Welch is entitled to his credits on the script as he added laughs and good lines," although he did only 7% of the script. The file notes that Millhauser withdrew his protest because he felt that it was "not a case of justice but politics." This picture marked the film debut of Laraine Johnson, who later changed her name to Laraine Day.