Transient Lady


1h 9m 1935

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 4, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Transient Lady" by Octavus Roy Cohen in Liberty (23 Dec 1933--3 Mar 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Chris Blake, Dale Cameron and Nick Kiley are itinerant roller skating rink operators opening new rinks in small towns and then leaving when people lose interest. They open a rink in the small town of Karnak with the help of lawyers Major Marshall and his son Carey. The rink is a huge success, and Chris and Dale perform as well as give lessons. One night, a group of thugs, led by the state senator's brother, Fred Baxter, roughhouse the patrons and are thrown out by Nick. While Chris escorts Dale to her boardinghouse, Fred and his gang come to Nick's door for retribution. Nick is frightened and shoots Fred after they break his door down, after which the thugs scatter. Chris returns to find Fred dead on the floor and Nick gone, and he is arrested for Fred's murder. Hamp Baxter vows revenge, and as he controls all the county officials, it looks as if Chris will be convicted and executed. Dale pleads with Carey to defend Chris, but Carey is afraid of his feelings for Dale, and afraid that Hamp will prevent his father from being appointed a judge if he opposes him. Major Marshall wholly supports Chris's defense, however, as does Carey's childhood friend, Pat Warren, who is in love with Carey. Pat convinces Carey to take the case after Dale assures her that she will leave town if Chris is acquitted. Before the trial, gossip spreads through town that Dale is a "wanton Jezebel," and her presence has brought degradation to the town. Although she has fallen in love with Carey, Dale rejects his amorous approaches out of concern for his reputation. The day of the trial finally arrives, and the courthouse is packed with spectators. Carey reveals that Hamp's key witness, his other brother Matt, is lying on the stand, and Matt shoots him in the arm. The court adjourns, and Hamp formulates a plan to lynch Chris in jail as his case against him is clearly weak. A servant in Hamp's house overhears his plan and spreads the word among the workers in town. Soon, a maid in the Marshall home notifies Major about the lynching, and while he goes to the jail with a group of his friends, Carey and Dale find Nick in a neighboring town, from which he sent them a letter. Major and his friends catch sheriff Angel Verner just as he is about to leave the jail unattended for the lynch mob and force him to stay. Dale and Carey bring Nick back to town, and he confesses to Hamp, who is unmoved. By threatening him with a murder charge, Carey convinces Hamp to quell the angry mob, which is surprised by Hamp's sudden interest in true justice. Within three days, Chris is acquitted and Nick is vindicated. Pat is bursting with pride but, realizing that Carey is in love with Dale, tells him to go to her. Finally able to express her true love for Carey, Dale stays on with him, while Nick and Chris leave to find another skating partner and another town.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 4, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Transient Lady" by Octavus Roy Cohen in Liberty (23 Dec 1933--3 Mar 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 9m
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

While Edward Ellis' character is listed on the screen as "Fred," he is called "Nick" in the film.