And Sudden Death (1936)

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An heiress with a penchant for speeding runs afoul of a traffic cop. Romance develops between the two, but it's soon complicated when he believes she is responsible for killing someone due to reckless driving.


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2 December 2013 | bkoganbing
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One thing you can't say about And Sudden Death. That Randolph Scott does not take his job seriously as a traffic officer. Most every cop I've ever known regards that as a duty to move out of, but Scott seems to have found a home in the traffic division.

Scott plays the officer in charge of a big city's traffic division and while giving a ticket to department store heiress Frances Drake he notices her and is attracted, but duty comes first. When the judge orders Drake to his traffic school Randy decides to get better acquainted. She's seeing automobile speeding in a new light, but her younger brother Tom Brown won't change his ways. That ends up in tragedy.

And Sudden Death has some good features, it was interesting to see how traffic enforcement was handled in 1936. But the film truly played like one of MGM's Crime Does Not Pay short subjects just given a dose of cinematic yeast. It's a sincere effort to address a growing social problem as America was only one generation into the automobile age, but sadly got way too melodramatic.

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