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Island in the Sky

Author: Sol M WurtzelHerbert I LeedsFrances HylandAlbert RayJerry CadyAll authors
Publisher: United States : Released through Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp., ©1938.
Edition/Format:   Film : Film   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Assistant district attorney Michael Fraser and his secretary, Julie Hayes, visit the fashionable nightclub Island in the Sky, located on the seventieth floor of the Courtland Building in New York. Without informing Julie of his plans, Michael tells owner Marty Butler that they are going to be married. Taken aback, Julie agrees to marry him the next day, but their plans are interrupted when Michael is called to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Mysteries
Features
Drama
Material Type: Film
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Sol M Wurtzel; Herbert I Leeds; Frances Hyland; Albert Ray; Jerry Cady; Edward Cronjager; Bernard Herzbrun; Chester Gore; Harry Reynolds; Herschel; Joseph E Aiken; William H Anderson; Samuel Kaylin; Gloria Stuart; Michael Whalen; Paul Kelly; Robert Kellard; June Storey; Paul Hurst; Leon Ames; Willard Robertson; Charles D Brown; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.
OCLC Number: 423047081
Notes: Crime film; feature.
"Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording." Playing time on release was 61-62 or 65 min., according to: AFI catalog, 1931-1940.
Copyright: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.; 1Apr38; LP8376.
"Approved, MPPDA, certificate no. 4100."
Credits: Photography, Edward Cronjager; art direction, Bernard Herzbrun, Chester Gore; film editor, Harry Reynolds; costumes, Herschel; sound, Joseph E. Aiken, William H. Anderson; musical direction, Samuel Kaylin.
Performer(s): Cast: With Gloria Stuart (Julie Hayes), Michael Whalen (Michael Fraser), Paul Kelly (Doyle), Robert Kellard (Peter Vincent), June Storey (Lucy Rhodes), Paul Hurst (Happy). Leon Ames (Marty Butler); Willard Robertson (Walter Rhodes); George Humbert (Trompas); Aggie Herring (Mrs. O'Shea); Charles D. Brown (Inspector Whitehead).
Other Titles: Island in the Sky (Motion picture : 1938)
Responsibility: Twentieth Century-Fox presents ; executive producer, Sol M. Wurtzel ; directed by Herbert I. Leeds ; screen play by Frances Hyland and Albert Ray ; original story by Jerry Cady.

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"Assistant district attorney Michael Fraser and his secretary, Julie Hayes, visit the fashionable nightclub Island in the Sky, located on the seventieth floor of the Courtland Building in New York. Without informing Julie of his plans, Michael tells owner Marty Butler that they are going to be married. Taken aback, Julie agrees to marry him the next day, but their plans are interrupted when Michael is called to investigate the murder of Stephen Vincent. Vincent's son Peter is indicted, and after he refuses to testify on his own behalf, he is convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die October 12. Believing Peter to be innocent, Julie promises his fiancée, Lucy Rhodes, that she will help Peter and, to Michael's dismay, puts off the wedding. After Julie learns from a real estate agent that Vincent had asked him to find a house for him to buy in a secluded area that would be ready no later than October 15, and that Vincent gave as his business address the address of the Island in the Sky, Julie goes there to investigate. She learns from a cleaning woman that Johnny Doyle, a leading racketeer during prohibition, used to have an office there and that he will soon be paroled from prison after having served five years. When Butler overhears her call the prison and find out that Doyle will be paroled next Tuesday, the fifteenth of October, he sends two men to follow her to the prison, and they run her car off the road into a ditch. Three days later, on the day Peter is to be executed, Julie revives and finds herself in a hospital. With the connivance of Happy, a police officer working for Michael, Julie escapes from the hospital, and the two go to the prison, where Julie learns that Doyle is really Peter's father. When Peter was two years old and his mother died, Doyle left him with Vincent and continued to supply them with money. Doyle, formerly Butler's partner, decided to go straight while he was in prison and planned to live with Vincent and Peter in the country. Butler knew that Doyle's share of their racketeering money, $200,000, was in Vincent's safe, which was robbed the night Vincent was murdered. When the warden refuses to let Doyle out early so that he could prove Peter innocent, Doyle grabs a gun in the warden's desk and escapes with Julie as a willing hostage. After collecting members of his old gang, Doyle goes with Julie and Happy to the Island in the Sky and waits outside while Julie gets a table. She calls Michael, and after he arrives, Doyle has his men block the elevators so that Butler cannot escape. After Butler overhears Julie and Michael discuss the murder, he locks them in a closet. Doyle confronts Butler, and while a cohort holds a hidden radio microphone that had been broadcasting the band, Butler confesses over the air that he killed Vincent. One of Butler's men then shoots Doyle, who wounds Butler before he dies. Michael breaks out of the closet, and while Julie calls the governor to stop Peter's execution, Michael captures Butler. Julie and Michael plan to go to Albany the next day to meet with the governor and decide to continue on to Niagara Falls for their honeymoon"--AFI catalog, 1931-1940.

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