#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – It’s the 1930s, the Depression era, and the Board of Directors of Thomas Dickson’s bank want Dickson to merge with New York Trust and resign. He refuses. One night, Dickson’s bank is robbed of $100,000. The suspect is Matt Brown, an ex-convict whom Dickson hired and appointed Chief Teller. Brown, who’s very loyal to Dickson, refuses to say where he was that night. He actually has two witnesses for his alibi, Mrs. Dickson and fellow worker Cyril Cluett, but Brown is protecting Dickson from finding out that Mrs. Dickson was with Cluett having a romantic evening. Cluett, who has a $50,000 gambling debt, is actually responsible for the robbery, but lets Brown take the rap. Will Brown’s loyalty to Mr. Dickson pay off, or send him back to prison?
Plot: Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused of robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson’s wife had an affair… all in the same day.
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Rapid-fire, world-class storytelling
After all the material I have read about so many better known Frank Capra movies, I am amazed that this one has not been more widely acclaimed. “American Madness” tells a great big, intricate tale involving a host of characters tangled up in a fairly complex sequence of events, and all in less than an hour and a half. As the pace of the action grows ever quicker, and the screen imagery becomes more and more spectacular, the film skillfully holds the viewer’s undivided attention without any slack moments. True to the Capra style, there a moments of preachy grand-standing, which one should expect in such movies of this era. The conclusion of the show, also typical of Capra films, is a bit too neat and tidy for today’s more jaded and skeptical tastes; however, if you like this director’s best work, this one should not be missed. Such a skillful, riveting, and economic dramatization of a rousing, ambitious spellbinder of a tale is very rare in any era.
Oh, spare me another miracle!
Capra didn’t really change much between films, did he? With the exception of “The Bitter Tea Of General Yen” and “It Happened One Night” almost all his films are brutally flawed by his simplistic, idealistic need to make social commentary on big business and corrupted morals. I have no problems with making a statement about the fat cats of the world, but hearing “Come and see…something extraordinary has happened!” at the end of every Capra film where the idealistic hero is saved from ruin makes me cringe. “American Madness” is an early pre-cursor to “It’s A Wonderful Life”, with Walter Huston the good guy bank manager who gives out loans based on his faith in people’s character. Of course his board of directors don’t like that. So Huston has to deal with that and a robbery and subsequent bank run. A rather boring sub-plot has him have to deal with his dissatisfied wife as well (Kay Johnson). Huston is excellent, Pat O’Brien (as the ex-con suspected of robbing the bank) quite good, and both save a lot of the preachy moments of the film but the supporting cast are very average. As with most Capra films, save “Yen”, it’s visually unappealing. There’s not even that much Pre-Code naughtiness to get things to fire!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 15 min (75 min)
Director Frank Capra, Allan Dwan, Roy William Neill
Writer Robert Riskin
Actors Walter Huston, Pat O’Brien, Kay Johnson
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,135.75 m (8 reels) (UK), 2,165 m (8 reels) (USA)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm