Scareheads (1931)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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To say that ace stuntman Richard Talmadge was invariably better than his movie vehicles is small praise, indeed, since most of his films were shabbily produced and miserably directed. Scareheads isn't much better than the usual Talmadge epic, but the star is as watchable as ever. This time, Talmadge plays a reporter who conducts a campaign against the crooked incumbent mayor. As a result, our hero is framed for murder and tossed into the jug. Through a series of eye-popping athletics, Talmadge escapes from jail to track down the real killers. Scareheads represents the first major screen appearance of perennial ingenue Jacqueline Wells, who later enjoyed a lengthy "second career" as leading ladyJulie Bishop.

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accusation, false-accusation, investigation, killing, mayor, murder, reporter, suspect