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What Price Vengeance (1937)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 25 May 1937 (USA)
A cop hesitates in using his gun to stop a robbery, & the robbers get away. He is forced to quit the police force, and he turns to a life of crime.


Del Lord


J.P. McGowan (scenario)




Cast overview:
Lyle Talbot ... 'Dynamite' Hogan / Tom Connors
Wendy Barrie ... Polly Moore
Marc Lawrence ... Pete Brower
Eddie Acuff ... Tex McGirk
Lucille Lund ... Babe Foster
Robert Rideout Robert Rideout ... Slim Ryan
Reginald Hincks Reginald Hincks ... Inspector Blair
Wally Albright ... Sandy MacNair
Lois Albright Lois Albright ... Mrs. MacNair
Arthur Kerr Arthur Kerr ... Bill MacNair


The film was part of the British Quota Law that existed in the 1930's that basically said in order for films produced in the U.S. by U.S. producers and companies to be shown in Great Britain or any of the colonies, a certain number of films shot somewhere in the British Empire, with the majority of the cast and crew British subjects, had to be shown in the U.S.A. This posed no problems for the major studios who either had production facilities in England or working agreements with the major British producers, but Columbia had neither. In order to comply with the British Quota, so Columbia films could be shown in England and its far-flung outposts, Columbia entered into an agreement with Commonwealth Studios, headed by Canadian-producer Kenneth J. Bishop, in Willows Park, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to finance and shoot films there for distribution through Columbia's film exchanges. Most of these films starred imported Columbia contractees such as Rita Hayworth, Charles Quigley,... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Canada | USA



Release Date:

25 May 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Predictable...but Talbot is reliably good.
22 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Back in the 1930s, Lyle Talbot was a well respected actor who appeared as a leading man in quite a few B-movies. Sadly, later in life he had the distinction of appearing in Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space"! Talk about a decline in his marketability! "What Price Vengeance" is from the period where Talbot was about at his most famous and in demand. The overall results are okay, but Talbot's performance is quite nice.

Tom (Talbot) is a cop and a crack shot. However, when a group of bank robbers strike, Tom freezes...and as a result, someone he cared about is hurt...and Tom quits the police force. Soon he ties up with some of the same bandits who committed the robbery...and the results are pretty much what I expected...and you probably will as well!

The plot is a bit cliched because it's been used to death. So there aren't a lot of surprises in this one...but it is entertaining. Not brilliant but not bad....and watchable.

By the way, in one scene early in the film, little Sandy (who appears to be about 8) is outside shooting a rifle with no adult supervision. My, how times have changed!!

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