Sophie Lang Goes West


1h 2m 1937

Film Details

Also Known As
Sophie Lang in Hollywood
Release Date
Sep 10, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on characters created by Frederick Irving Anderson.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Although she has retired from thievery, renowned jewel thief Sophie Lang is suspected by the police for every theft. When she is forced by the police to run from her hotel and board a train, the wig she throws out the window is caught by Eddie Rollyn, who used to be a jewel thief known as Tom Grange, but is now a screenwriter for actress Helga Roma. Helga is aboard the train with her new boyfriend, Steve Clayson. Also onboard is the Sultan of Padaya, who has a huge diamond called the "Star of the World," which he is hoping will be stolen so his poor country can collect the insurance money. The insurance company assigns Archie Banks, who knows Eddie's real identity because he helped him reform, to guard the sultan and the jewel. Sophie confesses her identity to Eddie so he can use her story for screenplay material, in exchange for helping her elude the police. Sophie also suggests that the diamond could be stolen if it were given to an actress to use in her film. Although Eddie does not think this is plausible, he tells the story to Banks, who tells the Sultan, who offers them his diamond for Helga to wear. Steve steals the diamond, but when Banks threatens to search everyone, he slips it into Sophie's pocket. Eddie is suspicious of Sophie, although she swears to have gone straight while helping him write the screenplay. When she finds the diamond in her pocket after they arrive at the J. H. Blaine movie studio, she drops it in a flower bowl in Helga's dressing room. Later, Steve catches her retrieving the diamond and takes it from her, but Helga comes in, and they pretend it is the fake diamond the sultan arranged for her to wear at a party at the studio. Eddie recognizes the real diamond and thinks Sophie returned it because she loves him. Blaine has staged a hold up to add excitement to the party, and the "robbers" take Helga's necklace. Steve knocks out one of the robbers, dons his disguise and tries to escape with the real diamond, but Eddie attacks him and retrieves the diamond, after which Steve, unrecognized, escapes. Sophie packs to leave, realizing she has fallen in love with Eddie, but Steve comes in and tells her he recognizes Eddie as Tom Grange and will reveal his identity if she does not steal back the diamond. Steve hides in the closet when Eddie comes by with champagne and the diamond in his pocket. To prove he trusts Sophie, he intends to leave it with her overnight, but she steals it before he has a chance, and when he sets the diamond from his pocket on the piano, he recognizes it as a fake. Eddie tears apart the hotel room to find the real jewel, vowing he will set Sophie straight if he has to marry her, and finds Steve instead. Just as he begins to fight with him, Banks comes in and displays Steve's criminal record. Sophie pretends to feel faint and asks Eddie to get her some ice so that he can get the real diamond back. Banks arrests Steve, although Eddie displays the real diamond, and Sophie reveals that she stole it only to protect Eddie, thereby finally proving her love for him.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sophie Lang in Hollywood
Release Date
Sep 10, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on characters created by Frederick Irving Anderson.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Film Length
6 reels

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Trivia

Notes

Robert Wyler and Brian Marlow's original story was called "Sophie Lang in Hollywood," which was also the working title of the film. According to copyright records, Bhogwan Singh, who played a servant, wrapped all the turbans in the film. The first Paramount "Sophie Lang" film, based on characters created by Frederick Irving Anderson, was the 1934 The Notorious Sophie Lang.