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Whirlpool (1934)

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80 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Carnie owner Buck Rankin marries local girl Helen and plans to go straight, but after a brawl ends up with a twenty-year sentence for manslaughter. When a pregnant Helen vows to wait for him Rankin forges a letter from the warden's office ...See moreCarnie owner Buck Rankin marries local girl Helen and plans to go straight, but after a brawl ends up with a twenty-year sentence for manslaughter. When a pregnant Helen vows to wait for him Rankin forges a letter from the warden's office informing Helen that Rankin drowned while attempting to escape. Twenty years later Rankin is released from prison, changes his name to "Duke Sheldon", and eventually becomes a nightclub owner with ties to the mob. Helen has remarried - to a local judge - and daughter Sandra has become a reporter. When it's learned that notoriously camera-shy "Duke Sheldon" will be providing a mobster's alibi at a high-profile trial Sandra is sent to write an exposé. She immediately recognizes Rankin from a photo her mother kept, and father and daughter have a tearful reunion. Now Rankin must decide what to do: testify at the trial, revealing his identity and exposing Helen as an unintentional bigamist. Or refuse to testify, protecting Helen and Sandra but angering the mob. Written by sienel See less
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Writers
Howard Emmett Rogers (story) | Dorothy Howell (screenplay) | Ethel Hill (screenplay)
Cinematographer
Benjamin H. Kline (as Benjamin Kline)
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Status
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Updated Apr 10, 1934

Release date
Apr 10, 1934 (United States)

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56 cast members
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Jack Holt
Buck Rankin (aka Duke Sheldon) Buck Rankin (aka Duke Sheldon)   See fewer
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Jean Arthur
Sandra Rankin Morrison Sandra Rankin Morrison   See fewer
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Donald Cook
Bob Andrews Bob Andrews   See fewer
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Lila Lee
Helen Rankin Morrison Helen Rankin Morrison   See fewer
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John Miljan
Barney Gaige Barney Gaige   See fewer
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Rita La Roy
Thelma Thelma   See fewer
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Oscar Apfel
Newspaper Editor Newspaper Editor   See fewer
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Willard Robertson
Judge Jim Morrison Judge Jim Morrison   See fewer
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Ward Bond
Farley Farley   See fewer
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Ernie Adams
Ben - Informant on Telephone (uncredited) Ben - Informant on Telephone (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lowden Adams
Davis (uncredited) Davis (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maidena Armstrong
Fat Woman (uncredited) Fat Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Max Barwyn
Head Waiter (uncredited) Head Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Baxley
Carnival Barker (uncredited) Carnival Barker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Brooks Benedict
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Borden
Annoyed Carnival Customer (uncredited) Annoyed Carnival Customer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Bowen
Chauffeur (uncredited) Chauffeur (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Bradbury Jr.
Small Town Nance at Carnival (uncredited) Small Town Nance at Carnival (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Cecil
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Calvin Coolidge
Himself - President Calvin Coolidge (archive footage) (uncredited) Himself - President Calvin Coolidge (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gino Corrado
Tony, Headwaiter (uncredited) Tony, Headwaiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Curtis
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bud Davies
Contortionist (uncredited) Contortionist (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Dime
Carnival Brawl Victim (uncredited) Carnival Brawl Victim (uncredited)   See fewer
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Phil Dunham
John - Henpecked Husband (uncredited) John - Henpecked Husband (uncredited)   See fewer
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Margaret Ehrlich
Bashful Girl (uncredited) Bashful Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rosita Foucher
Telephone Operator (uncredited) Telephone Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harrison Greene
Carnival Barker (uncredited) Carnival Barker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Warren G. Harding
Himself - President Warren G. Harding (archive footage) (uncredited) Himself - President Warren G. Harding (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jolly Lee Harvey
Fat Girl at Circus (uncredited) Fat Girl at Circus (uncredited)   See fewer
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A.R. Haysel
Warden J.R. Mackenzie (uncredited) Warden J.R. Mackenzie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lottie Hildebrand
Small Town Woman at Carnival (uncredited) Small Town Woman at Carnival (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Hill
Spike - Henchman (uncredited) Spike - Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Earle Hodgins
Carnival Barker (uncredited) Carnival Barker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenner G. Kemp
Nightclub Patron (uncredited) Nightclub Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rosalie Lincoln
Maid (uncredited) Maid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Long
Double (uncredited) Double (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nelson McDowell
Townsman at Carnival (uncredited) Townsman at Carnival (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles McMurphy
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lu Ann Meredith
Bashful Girl (uncredited) Bashful Girl (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tony Merlo
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank O'Connor
Sheriff (uncredited) Sheriff (uncredited)   See fewer
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Blanche Payson
John's Henpecking Wife (uncredited) John's Henpecking Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hal Price
Traffic Cop (uncredited) Traffic Cop (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Raymond
Carnival Vendor (uncredited) Carnival Vendor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ed Schaefer
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jerome Storm
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Strang
Taxicab Driver (uncredited) Taxicab Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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John M. Sullivan
Judge (uncredited) Judge (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Sumner
Clerk (uncredited) Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ethel Sykes
Girl at Duke's Table (uncredited) Girl at Duke's Table (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billie Van Every
Girl at Duke's Table (uncredited) Girl at Duke's Table (uncredited)   See fewer
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Monte Vandergrift
Prison Guard (uncredited) Prison Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lillian West
Nurse (uncredited) Nurse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Wilson
Carnival Customer in Brawl (uncredited) Carnival Customer in Brawl (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.8 / 10 | 195 votes