False Pretenses (1935 film)

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False Pretenses
False Pretenses (1935) Betty Compson, Sidney Blackmer, and Irene Ware..jpg
Still with Betty Compson, Sidney Blackmer, and Irene Ware.
Directed by Charles Lamont
Produced by George R. Batcheller
Written by Ewart Adamson
Betty Burbridge
Starring Irene Ware
Sidney Blackmer
Betty Compson
Cinematography M. A. Anderson
Edited by Roland D. Reed
Distributed by Chesterfield Pictures
Release date
  • October 22, 1935 (1935-10-22)
Running time
68 minutes
Country United States
Language English

False Pretenses is a 1935 American comedy film directed by Charles Lamont and starring Irene Ware.[1]


When Mary Beekman (Irene Ware) loses her waitress job, after a fight with her loutish boyfriend, trucker Mike O’Reilly (Edward Gargan) she stands at a bridge on a windy night, losing her pay check through a windblown and leans over the guardrail of the bridge to catch it.

Socialite Kenneth Alden (Sidney Blackmer) catches her, thinking she wants to jump the bridge. He’s lost everything, which isn’t already mortgaged. Both down on their luck, they assume that the other is there to jump off the bridge.

Instead, Mary has an idea. If Ken sells shares to a syndicate of his wealthy friends, in a phoney beauty product, they’ll have enough money for some clothes to pass Mary off in society, long enough to meet and marry a wealthy bachelor. Then, they can pay everyone back, with interest.

The con might work, except that Ken has too much integrity to marry for money, to Clarissa (Betty Compson) (whom he loves for years) and, Mary is beginning to see his point, when she falls for Pat (Russell Hopton) who has secrets of his own.

The plot boils over when Mike shows up to blow the lid off. Pat's valet is a thief, who promised not to act foolishly. But he escapes with a stolen Tiara. Meantime Mary thinks to leave as things don't work out, so she shares the taxi to the station with Pat's valet escaping with the Tiara. There’s a police chase. Mary is hauled off to the station.

It looks like no one is going to end up with anything, but a bad reputation; but, it’s not over yet, in this curious, romantic comedy, about the social set, in 1930’s America, from Chesterfield films.[2]



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