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High Pressure (1932)

Gar Evans is a "high pressure" promoter who tends to be unrealistically optimistic about his projects and exaggerates the chance of success. He sets up the "Golden Gate Artificial Rubber ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy (as Mervyn Le Roy)

Writers:

Aben Kandel (play), Joseph Jackson (screen version)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Gar Evans
Evelyn Brent ... Francine Dale
George Sidney ... Colonel Ginsburg
John Wray ... Jimmy Moore
Evalyn Knapp ... Helen Wilson
Guy Kibbee ... Clifford Gray
Frank McHugh ... Mike Donahey
Oscar Apfel ... Mr. Hackett
Ben Alexander ... Geoffrey Weston
Harold Waldridge ... Gus Vanderbilt (as Harold Waldrige)
Charles Middleton ... Mr. Banks
Harry Beresford ... Dr. Rudolph Pfeiffer
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Storyline

Gar Evans is a "high pressure" promoter who tends to be unrealistically optimistic about his projects and exaggerates the chance of success. He sets up the "Golden Gate Artificial Rubber Company", and persuades a lot of people to invest. He believes that the process to produce artificial rubber exists, but does it? Written by ppllkk

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein ausgefuchster Gauner See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several people in studio records/casting call lists as cast members did not appear, were not identifiable, or were replaced in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Lucien Littlefield (Oscar Brown - [replaced by Frank Darien]), Maurice Black (Poppolus - [replaced by Hector V. Sarno]) and Lilian Bond. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Le bluffeur (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Get Mississippi Off My Mind
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Akst
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fun William Powell vehicle prior to Thin Man
6 March 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

High pressure was based on the play "Hot Money" by Aben Kandel. Seems to be the first thing he did in "show biz"... The leads, William Powell, Evelyn Brent, George Sidney, Evalyn Knapp had all been making films for years, although Powell is probably best known for the "Thin Man" series, a couple years after this one. The girlfriend, lovely, 25 year old Knapp certainly was a busy girl; she was in twelve films in 1932 alone! Lots of clever jokes written into this con-man farce, and the timing is great. Show has a fast pace, mixups like taxi-drivers and taxidermists, and fun characters like Alison Skipworth , who plays the rich, silly Mrs. Miller, (who had worked with W.C. Fields on FOUR films... I was guessing she might have worked with the Marx brothers, but it appears not) They all keep this Warner Brothers shortie (72 minutes) moving right along! A jealous girlfriend, a competitor, Mr. Banks, and the Attorney General all keep Gar Evans (Powell) on his toes. Of course, what madcap show is complete without a zany professor?? Can Powell get out of trouble with the law? and it all stays pretty clean, in spite of being made prior to enforcement of the Hays code. Fun!


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