Jump for Glory

Date: 1937
Director: Raoul Walsh
Production Company: Criterion Film Productions Ltd.

Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Valerie Hobson, Alan Hale, Jack Melford
Location(s): London, Middlesex

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

An American bootlegger becomes a cat burglar in London and falls in love with one of his victims, but an old associate threatens to wreck his chances of going straight.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

Also known as ‘When Thief Meets Thief’ (US Title)

 

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American underworld crook Jim Diall (Alan Hale) waits in a field for his sidekick Ricky Morgan.

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Ricky parachutes to safety after carrying out a daring jewel robbery aboard a plane.

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Following his betrayal by Diall, Ricky Morgan (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.) sets himself up as a cat burglar in London.

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Ricky breaks in to the home of Glory Howard after discovering that she has an old ring that once belonged to him.

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After finding a way into the building, Ricky falls in love with the young woman who’s engaged to respected stockbroker Colonel Charles Fane when she awakes during the robbery.

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When Glory breaks off her engagement to the Colonel, Ricky is outside the house as the Maid appears with luggage.

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Ricky overhears Glory’s new address as the Maid passes her employer’s belongings to the waiting Taxi Driver.

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Having found her new flat, Ricky leaves Carlton Court with Glory Howard (Valerie Hobson).

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Glory and Ricky take a cab after he promises to take her where no one will find her.

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Colonel Fane’s friend, Thompson, follows the lovers.

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As the two cabs drive through the streets, Glory notices that they are being pursued.

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Ricky instructs their Driver which way to turn.

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The two taxis reach quieter roads before Ricky tells the Cabby to stop.

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Ricky gets out of the taxi, crosses over to Thompson’s cab and gives him a black eye.

To support himself and Glory, Ricky attempts to get a job selling cars. This is the former Rootes car showrooms at Devonshire House on Piccadilly W1 that are also seen in 'Time Without Pity'.

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Peter confirms that it is still a car showroom. (RL)

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A position at a boatyard is tried for without success.

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Finally being given a job as a violinist at a theatre, Ricky runs home to tell Glory the news. Richard Lovejoy advises that this is Queens Hall in Langham Place W1. The building was destroyed by an incendiary bomb in 1941.

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While Ricky speeds towards Mrs. Nolan's boarding house, Glory is paid a visit by her former fiancé.

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As Ricky keeps up his pace, Glory learns the true identity of Colonel Charles Fane.

The young American nears the empty home where Glory has left a written note for him. Outside Liberty & Co. on Regent Street W1. Located by RL.

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There's proof in the pillars in this shot from Peter.

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Days later, Ricky and his friend Sanders take a cab to the wedding of Colonel Fane and Glory.

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Onlookers wait for the bride who has been blackmailed into the marriage by Diall's threat of the police learning about Ricky’s past.

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The happy couple emerge from the church.

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Ricky and Sanders (Edward Rigby) arrive at the church where they recognise the groom as Jim Diall.

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That evening, Ricky breaks into the newlyweds home and forces Diall to sign a confession.

After Diall is shot during a struggle with Ricky, Glory is accused of his murder. Piccadilly Circus from Regent Street SW1, now Regent Street St. James’s, outside Lillywhites, recognised by RL.

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The location now, by Peter.

Newspapers keep their readers abreast of events as the trial continues. RL identifies this as Marble Arch from the corner of North Row in W1.

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Seemingly, not such a bright day when Peter visited.

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In an effort to prove that it was he who shot Diall, Ricky attempts to show Police Officers how he broke into the house.

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Ricky’s jump onto a balcony ends in serious injury and a trip to hospital.

When Glory is acquitted she joins Ricky at the hospital and the pair start a new life together. Trafalgar Square WC2 seen from Cockspur Street, identified by RL.

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Peter advises that St. Martin's can just be seen behind the trees.

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