Slippy McGee


1h 5m 1947

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 1, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Slippy McGee by Marie Conway Oemler (Oklahoma City, OK, 1917).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Film Length
5,819ft

Synopsis

After Slippy McGee and his henchmen, Al and Red, steal $50,000 worth of diamonds, the men split up and Slippy leaves St. Louis and heads toward the town of Middleton. Meanwhile, at the Middleton Catholic church, the postman and Mrs. Dexter, who works in the parish house, discuss the fact that a new pastor, Father Shanley, is due to arrive in town that day. As he rides toward Middleton on his motorcycle, Shanley stops to give Slippy a lift into town. When they arrive at the church, Slippy breaks his leg saving a little boy named Tommy from being hit by a speeding truck. Shanley takes Slippy inside to rest and calls town physician Dr. Moore, who arranges to have nurse Mary Hunter look after Slippy. Dr. Moore then asks the town's wealthiest business man, Thomas Eustis, to pay Mary's salary, which he reluctantly agrees to do. When Constable Fred Appleby visits Slippy, he notices the initials "S. M." inside his hat, and Slippy is forced to give the alias "Steve Martin" to avoid being arrested. Meanwhile, when Mrs. Dexter discovers Slippy's burglary tools, she wants him to leave the house. Shanley thinks Mrs. Dexter is jumping to conclusions and decides to let Slippy stay. Shanley sees a postcard addressed to Al in Slippy's bag and decides to contact him to tell him about "Steve's" injury. Later, when Mary goes out with Slippy, Tom becomes jealous and begs her to marry him. She refuses, so that evening, Tom retaliates by visiting Mary's father, John Hunter, and tells him that the company that he recently bought from Hunter has an accounting discrepancy. Tom accuses Hunter of embezzlement and asks him to use his influence to persuade Mary to marry him, but Hunter tells him to leave. After Al receives Shanley's letter, he and Red decide to go to Middleton, where they buy a garage as a cover. Unaware that Al and Red are really planning to rob the local bank, Shanley arranges for Slippy to work for them. When Slippy goes to the garage, he urges Al and Red to drop their plans because he does not want to hurt the people of the town who have been kind to him. Slippy then decides to leave town, but Dr. Moore persuades him to stay. When the bank is robbed, suspicion falls on Slippy, but he goes to the garage and recovers the stolen money. Al, who now realizes that it was Red who implicated Slippy, has an argument with Red and is shot by him. Meanwhile, at the parish house, Shanley offers to go with Slippy to return the money to banker Fred Appleby, but before they leave, Red arrives and attacks them. Red is killed by Slippy, and when the police arrive, they assume that Red, who resembles Slippy, actually is the bank robber "Slippy McGee." Later, Tom tells Slippy about the discrepancy in Hunter's books and orders him to leave town or he will turn over the incriminating documents to the police. That evening, Slippy returns to the parish house to retrieve his tools, then breaks into Tom's office to open the safe and remove the incriminating evidence against Hunter. When Tom arrives, he and Slippy fight, then Slippy knocks him out and blows open the safe. Shanley and Mary then arrive and just after Slippy admits his true identity, Tom revives and shoots Slippy in the arm before Shanley can disarm him. Slippy then turns himself in to the police, who will send him back to St. Louis for trial. He tells the police where the diamonds are and learns that the people of Middleton plan to speak on his behalf at his trial. Finally, Shanley tells Mary that he is certain that "Steve Martin" will return to Middleton.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 1, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Slippy McGee by Marie Conway Oemler (Oklahoma City, OK, 1917).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Film Length
5,819ft

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Notes

An earlier adaptation of Marie Conway Oemler's novel was produced in 1923 by Oliver Morosco Productions. That film was directed by Wesley Ruggles and starred Wheeler Oakman (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5164).