Review: ‘High Pressure’

The phoney stock or 'wall paper' grift gets a pretty expert expose in this yarn [by S. J. Peters]. William Powell does a swell job as Gar Evans, a fast-talking and thinking promoter. He keeps his larceny just within the law, but it's when the racket is nearest the edge that the story becomes most interesting.

The phoney stock or ‘wall paper’ grift gets a pretty expert expose in this yarn [by S. J. Peters]. William Powell does a swell job as Gar Evans, a fast-talking and thinking promoter. He keeps his larceny just within the law, but it’s when the racket is nearest the edge that the story becomes most interesting.

Powell is first found in a speak’s backroom on the tail end of a five-day bender. He told his girl friend he was going out to the drug store for a dose of bicarbonate. The girl friend is interpreted by Evelyn Brent, who is called on to do little else than get mad at and make up with her racketeer sweetheart.

George Sidney teams with Powell in grabbing the picture most of the way, Sidney for laughs and Powell for the action. Rest of the cast very good, with still more excellent casting of salesmen types in the ‘boiler-room’ sequence. Whoever framed this scene must have had experience, for it’s perfect.

High Pressure

Production

Warner. Dir Mervyn LeRoy; Screenplay Joseph Jackson; Camera Robert Kurrle; Editor Ralph Dawson; Music Leo Forbstein (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 72 MIN.

With

William Powell Evelyn Brent George Sidney Guy Kibbee Evalyn Knapp John Wray
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