American Madness

American Madness

Walter Huston
Director: Frank Capra Cast: Walter Huston
Walter Huston
, Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
, Kay Johnson
Kay Johnson
Frank Capra


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Bank president Thomas Dickson (Walter Huston) has instituted a lending policy that shows great faith in ordinary people but which also irritates his board of directors, as does his claim that an increased money supply will help end the Depression. Elsewhere in the bank, criminal Dude Finlay (Robert Ellis) has coerced head cashier Cluett (Gavin Gordon) into cooperating with a robbery by threatening to reveal Cluett as a habitual gambler. Dickson's neglected wife Phyllis (Kay Johnson), upset that Thomas has forgotten their anniversary, agrees to go out with Cluett, but they're spotted by head teller Matt Brown (Pat O'Brien). Matt goes to Cluett's apartment and convinces Phyllis to leave with him just as the robbery takes place back at the bank. Because he was responsible for locking the vault, Matt is assumed to be in league with the robbers, and he's arrested. News of the robbery leads to frantic depositors demanding their money back from the bank; Dickson cannot talk them out of it, and the bank is running out of money. This gives the board of directors the leverage over Dickson that they've been seeking, and they try to force his resignation.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2011
UPC: 0043396388895
Original Release: 1932
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Mod
Time: 1:16:00
Sales rank: 46,883

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Huston Thomas Dickson
Pat O'Brien Matt Brown
Kay Johnson Mrs. Dickson
Constance Cummings Helen
Gavin Gordon Cyril Cluett
Robert Ellis Dude Finlay
Jeanne Sorel Cluett's secretary
Walter Walker Schultz
Berton Churchill O'Brien
Arthur Hoyt Ives
Edward Martindel Ames
Edwin Maxwell Clark
Robert E. O'Connor The Inspector
Anderson Lawler Charlie
Harry Holman Actor
Sterling Holloway Oscar
Ralph Lewis Judge
Pat O'Malley Doctor Strong

Technical Credits
Frank Capra Director
Harry Cohn Producer
C.C. Coleman Asst. Director
Robert Riskin Original Story,Screenwriter
Joseph Walker Cinematographer
Maurice E. Wright Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Madness
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [9:59]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [9:59]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [9:59]
7. Chapter 7 [9:59]
8. Chapter 8 [6:17]

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