Penthouse by W.S. Van Dyke |W.S. Van Dyke, Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth | 883316212653 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Penthouse

Penthouse

Director: W.S. Van Dyke

Cast: W.S. Van Dyke, Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth

     
 
Society-lawyer Warner Baxter loses his prestige in the legal community when he successfully defends gangster boss Nat Pendleton. Later on, the soft-hearted Pendleton gets the opportunity to "do right" by saving Baxter's life. This redemptive move comes at the end of a complicated plot involving Baxter's efforts to save Phillips Holmes, who has been framed by nasty

Overview

Society-lawyer Warner Baxter loses his prestige in the legal community when he successfully defends gangster boss Nat Pendleton. Later on, the soft-hearted Pendleton gets the opportunity to "do right" by saving Baxter's life. This redemptive move comes at the end of a complicated plot involving Baxter's efforts to save Phillips Holmes, who has been framed by nasty mobster C. Henry Gordon, from the hot seat. He is aided in this effort by Gordon's former mistress Myrna Loy, who has all of the film's best lines (When her protecter Baxter falls asleep on a couch, Loy complains "A few more nights like this and I'll be out of condition.") Also in the cast of Penthouse is crime-movie perennial Mae Clarke, here cast as the murder victim. Penthouse was later remade (and highly sanitized in the process) as Society Lawyer, with Walter Pidgeon in the Warner Baxter part.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
The central premise of Penthouse isn't that far from, say, Lawyer Man or Counselor-At-Law, which were made at just about the same time. Warner Baxter doesn't have the same level of energy (or range) as William Powell or John Barrymore, who starred in those two pictures, respectively, but he is a more convincing romantic lead, and when he falls for Myrna Loy's "good" bad girl one can believe it. A lot of the other performances are broad but enjoyable, from Nat Pendleton's good-hearted gangster on down. The leads, plus some very frank dialogue and W. S. Van Dyke's breezy direction, are the main selling points for Penthouse -- but also in the plus column are some great art-deco settings and a truly suspenseful denouement with a genuinely surprising (and bitter-sweet) twist, followed by a sorting out of the romantic complications that is refreshingly carnal, twist-laden, and honest.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316212653
Original Release:
1933
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
14,847

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warner Baxter Jackson Durant
Myrna Loy Gertie Waxted
Charles Butterworth Layton, butler
Mae Clarke Mimi Montagne
Phillips Holmes Tom Siddall
C. Henry Gordon Jim Crelliman
Martha Sleeper Sue Leonard
Nat Pendleton Tony Grazotti
George E. Stone Tim Murtoch
Robert E. O'Connor Lt. Stevens
Raymond Hatton Bodyguard
Arthur Belasco Bodyguard
Theresa Harris Lily, Mimi's Maid
Samuel S. Hinds Durant's Law Partner
Tom Kennedy Gazotti's Butler
Lee Phelps Cop
Guy Usher City Editor

Technical Credits
W.S. Van Dyke Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucien Andriot Cinematographer
William Axt Score Composer
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Robert J. Kern Editor
Arthur Somers Roche Screenwriter
Harold Hal Rosson Cinematographer
Hunt Stromberg Producer
Alexander Toluboff Art Director
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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