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Claudette Colbert and Edward G. Robinson both made their talking-picture bows in Paramount's Edward G. Robinson. Based on a play by Fred Jackson, the story is set in motion when Jean Oliver (Colbert), seeking vengeance against the wealthy dowager who had her sent to prison, poses as a fortune teller named Mme. Mystera and charms her way into the dowager's home. It is Jean's plan to kidnap the old woman's granddaughter Marcia (Marcia Kagno) and teach the young girl to be a thief. But this insidious scheme is complicated when The Fox (Edward G. Robinson), a dapper but ruthless gangster, falls in love with Jean. When Jean spurns his advances, The Fox spitefully kidnaps Marcia and ties the poor child to a railway-dock pillar, leaving her at the mercy of the tide. In the process, the Fox is himself drowned, leaving Marcia's fate in the hands of crusading reporter Gordon Grant (David Newell) -- who also is in love with Jean! For years, Edward G. Robinson dismissed David Newell as a disaster and refused to watch it, until his co-star Claudette Colbert caught the film on TV and convinced Robinson that it wasn't so bad after all. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Claudette Colbert
as Jean Oliver
Edward G. Robinson
as The Fox
Donald Meek
as Goofy
Louise Closser Hale
as Mrs. Ramsay
David Newell
as Gordon Grant
Barry Macollum
as Dogface
George MacQuarrie
as Inspector
David Newell
as Gordon Grant
Barry Macollum
as Dogface


Robert Florey
Monta Bell
Pierre Collings
George Folsey