Baby Face Harrington (1935): Raoul Walsh’s Comedy, Starring Una Merkel and Charles Butterworth

Raoul Walsh directed the comedy Baby Face Harrington, written by Nunnally Johnson, Edwin H. Knopf and Charles Lederer.

Millicent (Una Merkel) wants her husband Willie (Charles Butterworth) to make a success of himself, the way her old beau Ronald (Harvey Stephens) did.

Willie cashes in a life-insurance policy in exchange for $2,000 in cash, which he promptly loses. When he sees real-estate agent Skinner (Donald Meek) with that much money, Willie knows who’s robbed him.

Meanwhile, a professional thief, Rocky Banister (Nat Pendleton), is terrifying town with his robberies, motivating Millicent to keep a gun nearby.

Borrowing the gun, Willie confronts Skinner and takes the $2,000. Back at home, Willie discovers that his money has been in his wallet all along. Before he can return it to Skinner and apologize, Rocky breaks in and steals the $4,000.

Willie is accused of being an accomplice of Rocky’s and sent to jail. During a breakout, Willie leaves a note behind for the police, who apprehend Rocky and proclaim Willie a hero.

The film was released by MGM on April 12, 1935,