21 April 2008 | blanche-2
Paul Cavanagh is "Champagne Charlie" in this 1936 B movie. When a man (Noel Madison) is killed on a ship, two people, Linda Craig (Helen Wood) and a ship's bartender named Fipps (Herbert Mundin) confess to the crime, so the ship's captain has to sort out what happened and why. The story is then told in flashback, concerning the man known as "Champagne Charlie" who was at one time engaged to Linda and had Fipps in his employ. His plan to marry the wealthy Linda was based on the fact that he owed money to some people who had staked him to gamble, the dead man being one, and needed to pay them back.
Paul Cavanagh was a sophisticated, roguishly handsome, smooth-voiced actor who enjoyed a prolific 30-year career in small or supporting roles in films and guest starring roles on television. He is good in this short, thinly plotted film - he was already in his late forties at the time of filming. He went on to become a distinguished-looking white-haired gentleman and acquitted himself well in films such as "The Mississippi Gambler," "Magnificent Obsession" and "The Prodigal." He is really the only reason to see this programmer.