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X Marks the Spot (1931)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 13 December 1931 (USA)
The story begins in 1923 where after an accident, a newspaper reporter needs to raise $5,000 to pay for an operation, otherwise his young sister will be crippled for life. The desperate ... See full summary »


Erle C. Kenton


Warren Duff (story and screenplay), Gordon Kahn (story and screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Lew Cody ... George Howard
Sally Blane ... Sue Taylor
Wallace Ford ... Ted Lloyd
Mary Nolan ... Vivyan Parker
Fred Kohler ... Edward P. Riggs
Charles Middleton ... Detective Kirby
Virginia Lee Corbin ... Hortense
Joyce Coad Joyce Coad ... Gloria Lloyd
Richard Tucker ... Prosecutor Walter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clarence Muse ... Eustace Brown (as Clarence Muese)


The story begins in 1923 where after an accident, a newspaper reporter needs to raise $5,000 to pay for an operation, otherwise his young sister will be crippled for life. The desperate reporter is finally able to get the cash from a shady acquaintance, Riggs. Eight years later in New York, circumstances conspire to place the reporter as the number one suspect in the murder of a showgirl. With no witness or alibi, the reporter devises a plan to smoke out the real culprit. A meeting is arranged under the cover of night and to the surprise of both men, the murderer is Riggs. Out of gratitude for past generosity to his sister, the reporter agrees not to expose Riggs, however unwittingly leads the police to him! Riggs is found guilty, and a dramatic scene in the courthouse ensues. Written by bughouse

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Release Date:

13 December 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le reportage tragique See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tiffany Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tiffany Productions number 73. See more »

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Ted is divided between loyalty, responsibility and gratitude.
15 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This B-movie is from the ill-named 'Tiffany Productions'. Unlike the famous store of the same name, Tiffany Productions was anything but high-class and fancy! It was a so-called 'Poverty Row' studio....folks who rented space at other larger studios and filmed at night to economize. Most of their films are okay...nothing special...and nothing like the name would imply.

Ted Lloyd (Wallace Ford) is a newspaper reporter for The Gazette. This job pays fine but not well enough. This is because Ted's young sister is in desperate need of surgery....and it will cost $5000 (the average pay back then was about $1000 a year). He tries all the legitimate sources he can for a loan and the only one that will give him the money is a shifty character named Riggs. Being in a pinch, Ted accepts the money.

Eight years pass. When Ted is out working, he visits a woman about a story. Soon after, she's found dead and the police assume he's guilty since he's the last known person to see her. So Ted decides to try to solve the crime himself. Unfortunately, the trail leads to Riggs!! What's next? See the film.

During the 1930s, Wallace Ford made a bazillion B-movies. While far from being a handsome leading man, his films are generally agreeable and he played a nice 'every man' sort of character in most of them...and often played snappy reporters. This is yet another one of these films and it does feature an interesting plot....and an interesting dilemma. And, the movie is better than I've come to expect from Tiffany. Usually their movies are pretty limp...at best.

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