February 26, 2017


Dusty Ermine – 1936 | 84 mins | Crime, Drama | B&W


Plot Synopsis

Dusty Ermine

Adapted from the long-running Neil Grant stage play, screenwriters Harry Fowler Mear, DuGarde Peach and Michael Hankinson fleshed-out the original storyline for this1936 film version produced by Julius Hagen at Elstree. The result is atypically well directed romantic comedy-thriller by the underrated American helmer Bernard Vorhaus, who makes sure the fast-paced plot doesn’t lack for moments of tension and droll humour. Character actor Ronald Squire has a rare leading role and there are strong supporting performances from Felix Aylmer and Katie Johnson, but the acting honours are not unexpectedly stolen by Margaret Rutherford, making an auspicious film debut at the age of 44.

Master forger Jim Kent (Ronald Squire), returning home from Wormwood Scrubs, finds his equally crooked nephew Gilbert (Arthur Macrae) has been inveigled into committing the same crime. Kent appoints himself the task of protecting his nephew from the Alpine international counterfeiting gang, but the undertaking is made more complicated when his niece Linda (Jane Baxter) falls in love with the young detective, Det. Insp. Forsythe (Anthony Bushell), in charge of investigations.

Gilbert has no intention of going straight, so Kent follows his nephew and niece to the Alpine resort where Gilbert is to and continue manufacturing “funny money.” Hot on their trail is Forsythe; who is waylaid in an Alpine cabin whilst Kent and Gilbert catch the train home. When counterfeit notes are discovered Kentís train compartment he is put behind bars once more, but the come to realise heís shielding someone when counterfeit notes continue to surface.

Production Team

Bernard Vorhaus: Director
Andrew Mazzei: Art Direction
Kurt Neubert: Cinematography
Otto Martini: Cinematography
Curt Courant: Cinematography
Ralph Kemplen: Film Editing
WL Trytel: Original Music
Julius Hagen: Producer
Artyur Macrae: Script
L du Garde Peach: Script
H Fowler Mear: Script
Michael Hankinson: Script
Baynham Honri: Sound Department
Leo Wilkins: Sound Department


Anthony Bushell: Det Insp Forsythe
Jane Baxter: Linda Kent
Arthur Macrae: Gilbert Kent
Ronald Squire: Jim Kent
Margaret Rutherford: Evelyn Summers
Austin Trevor: Swiss Hotelier
Davina Craig: Goldie
Athole Stewart: Mr Kent
Katie Johnson: Emily Kent
Felix Aylmer: Police Commissioner
Hal Gordon: Det Sgt Helmsley
George Merritt: Police constable
Wally Patch: Thug

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