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9.5mm film frames
Released on 9.5mm sound as 2 x 900ft spools ('6 reels')
T.9667 (6 reel 9.5mm sound release by Pathéscope Aug 1950)
SOUTH OF PANAMA USA Sept1941 Director: Jean Yarbrough --------------- Producers Releasing Corp.(PRC) Producer: Ted H. Richmond 68mins B/W Cert "U" Released by (Approx 50mins on 9.5) Distributed in the UK by Pathé Pictures Ltd Associate Producer: Melville Shyer Story & Screenplay: Ben Roberts & Sidney Sheldon Photography: Mack Stengler Musical Director: Alberto Columbo
Cast: Roger Pryor .............. Mike Lawrence Virginia Vale ............ Janice 'Jay' Martin, aka Dolores Esteban Lionel Royce ............. Burns Lucien Prival ............ Raynor Duncan Renaldo ........... Captain Of Police Lester Dorr .............. Joe Jack Ingram .............. Wilton Hugh Beaumont ............ Paul Martin Warren Jackson ........... Lake Edward Keane ............. Colonel Stoddard Sam McDaniel ............. Rodriguez Lincoln 'Rod' Jones
Jan Martin, sister of government chemist Paul Martin, realizes she is being followed by enemy agents after her brother. She ignores him at the Panama airport and embraces a stranger, Mile Lawrence, instead. Enemy agents Lake and Wilton are convinced that Mike is her brother and attempt to trap the pair. They get away but Jan disappears. Disguised with a black wig and new makeup, Jan becomes Dolores and gets a job singing at a cafe. Spotting Jan without her disguise, Mike follows her down an alley where they are trapped by Raynor, another espionage agent. They get away and Jan also gets away from Mike. Later, both Mike and Jan are captured and the agents realize that Mike is not the brother they are after. Paul is also brought to the hideout, but Mike gets the drop on them.
Roger Pryor tries to get the gun off Lucien Prival while Virginia Vale looks on
1. On the 35mm print, the film opened with a foreward in which the American producers thanked the R.A.F. for their co-operation and allowing the use of the actual working models of the Hudson Bomber. The dedication was to "The Men of the RAF - Democracy's first line of defence". However one USA Trade Review commented, "There is questionable taste in dedicating this film to the RAF just because the plot tumbles over a secret paint formula for planes and features some misplaced aerial stock footage". The Foreward is missing on the Pathéscope prints.
2. One song "Madam will Drop Her Shawl" - which is in the 9.5mm print and sung by Virginia Vale. (Later she described this as one of her favourite films because she sang, played a dual role and had so much to do).
3. This was the first screenplay from Sidney Sheldon, who became a Director and then a best selling author. In the 35mm credits, his name was incorrectly spelt as "Sydney".
4. Written for PRC as "Panama Menace" by Sidney Sheldon getting his first Hollywood credit.
5. Roger Pryor, known as "the poor man's Clark Gable" was the son of the famous band leader Arthur Pryor, and appeared in nummerous Universal and Columbia B-pictures in the 1930s & 1940s.
(Info./illustrations edited from Maurice Trace, Alpha Video and gln) ZT-9667/gln/27.03.2016
Pathéscope Monthly magazine - Aug/Sep 1950 edition
'colourised' production stills from the DVD pack
This film has
been released on DVD
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