American Madness

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American Madness
American Madness film poster.jpg
American Madness poster
Directed byFrank Capra
Produced byFrank Capra
Harry Cohn
Written byRobert Riskin
StarringWalter Huston
Music byMischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
Karl Hajos (uncredited)
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byMaurice Wright
Release date
  • August 4, 1932 (1932-08-04)
Running time
75 min

American Madness is a 1932 American pre-Code film directed by Frank Capra and starring Walter Huston as a New York banker embroiled in scandal.


In the Great Depression era, the Board of Directors of Thomas Dickson's bank want Dickson (Walter Huston) to merge with New York Trust and resign. He refuses. One night, Dickson's bank is robbed of $100,000. The suspect is Matt Brown (Pat O'Brien), an ex-convict whom Dickson hired and appointed Chief Teller. Brown, who's very loyal to Dickson, refuses to say where he was that night. He has two witnesses for his alibi, Mrs. Dickson (Kay Johnson) and fellow worker Cyril Cluett (Gavin Gordon), but Brown is protecting Dickson from finding out that Mrs. Dickson was with Cluett having a romantic evening. Cluett, who has a $50,000 gambling debt, is responsible for the robbery, but lets Brown take the rap.

Word of the robbery causes a run on the bank, but friends of the banker come to his aid, and the bank is saved.



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