Wicked


55m 1931

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 4, 1931
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 18 Sep 1931
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
5,200ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Because of gambling debts, Tony Rande allows himself to be drawn into a robbery of the bank for which he works. After a patrolman is shot, Rande returns home to his pregnant wife Margot and tells her he has to go to Denver because of the crime. The police shoot him on the stairs as he leaves the apartment, and when he climbs back in, Margot takes his gun to hide it. The police then break in, and as an officer tries to get into the room where Rande is hiding, Margot points the gun at him. In a struggle, she shoots the officer. Rande dies and Margot is found guilty of attempted murder and given a five-to-twenty-year prison sentence. Six months later, Scott Burrows, an old beau of Margot, visits from Australia and promises to do anything to get her out of prison. When Margot has a nervous breakdown brought on in part by the other cynical inmates, the prison board lets her go to an outside hospital to have her child. She bears a girl, whom she names Antonia, after which she returns to prison and signs the baby over to a children's home for adoption. Two years and five months later, Margot is pardoned. She and Scott go straight to the children's home to get "Tonia," but find that the matron will not divulge the name of the people who adopted her. When she reminds Margot that she signed away all rights concerning the child, Margot says she didn't know what she was signing. After Scott learns that Judge and Mrs. Edwin Luther, who are big shots in town, have adopted Tonia, Margot goes to their residence and abducts the baby. The police arrive with Mrs. Luther, who explains to Margot that having Tonia has saved her childless marriage. Margot refuses to give Tonia up, even though she notices that Tonia is happy to see Mrs. Luther. Mrs. Luther arranges to obtain a warrant for Margot's arrest, but Scott, who plans to marry Margot the next day and go to Australia with her, berates the elderly Luther for using the child to save his empty marriage. Luther acquiesces, and Margot, Scott and Tonia then leave on a boat for Australia.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 4, 1931
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 18 Sep 1931
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
55m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.33 : 1
Film Length
5,200ft (6 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

The short story "The Gun Moll," an original, unpublished and uncopyrighted composition by L. G. Rigby and Con Conrad, while not credited onscreen, was sold to Fox in connection with this film and is included in files for this film in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, also at UCLA, Lynn Starling wrote revisions and additional dialogue, but her material was not used in the final film. The legal files also relate that Edmund Breese appeared only in scenes shot for retakes. According to an interview with Allan Dwan in a modern source, some scenes were filmed at San Quentin Prison in California. Dwan also noted that he was obliged to put a happy ending onto the film.