Below the Deadline (1936)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Release Date - Jun 6, 1936 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ex-cop Russell Hopton, framed for a crime he didn't commit, gets a second chance in life after enduring a train wreck. His face mashed to pulp in the disaster, Hopton undergoes plastic surgery, emerging from the gauze with a brand-new face. Heading back to New York to find out who framed him, Hopton falls in love all over again with his former girlfriend Cecilia Parker, who-like everyone else--fails to recognize him. The writer/ director team of Charles W. Lamont and Ewart Adamson seemed more comfortable with the 2-reel comedies they'd been doing at Educational Studios than they were with the feature-length convolutions of Below the Deadline. The film was produced by the dying firm of Chesterfield-Invincible, then picked up for distribution by Grand National.

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couple, escape, false-accusation, gangster, impersonation, innocence, life, police, return, robbery, second-chance, train [locomotive], youth