Baby Face Harrington

Baby Face Harrington is a 1935 American comedy film directed by Raoul Walsh and written by Nunnally Johnson, Edwin H. Knopf and Charles Lederer. The film stars Charles Butterworth, Una Merkel, Harvey Stephens, Eugene Pallette and Nat Pendleton. The film was released on April 12, 1935, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[3][4]

Baby Face Harrington
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Produced byEdgar Selwyn
Screenplay byNunnally Johnson
Edwin H. Knopf
Charles Lederer
Barry Trivers
Based onSomething to Brag About
1925 play
by Edgar Selwyn
William LeBaron[1][2]
StarringCharles Butterworth
Una Merkel
Harvey Stephens
Eugene Pallette
Nat Pendleton
Music byPaul Marquardt
Jack Virgil
Edward Ward
Sam Wineland
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Edited byWilliam S. Gray
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • April 12, 1935 (1935-04-12)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States


Millicent (Una Merkel) wants her husband Willie (Charles Butterworth) to make a success of himself, the way her old beau Ronald (Harvey Stephens) did. In the belief what she wants most is money, Willie cashes in a life-insurance policy in exchange for $2,000 in cash, which he promptly loses.

When he sees real-estate agent Skinner (Donald Meek) with that much money, not long after having spoken with him, Willie knows who's robbed him. Meanwhile, a professional thief, Rocky Banister (Nat Pendleton), is terrifying everyone in town with his daring robberies, worrying Millicent so much that she keeps a gun nearby.

Borrowing the gun, Willie confronts Skinner and takes the $2,000. When he returns home, Willie discovers that his money has been in his wallet all along. Before he can return it to Skinner and apologize, Rocky breaks in and steals all $4,000.

Willie is accused of being an accomplice of Rocky's and sent to jail. During a breakout, Willie manages to leave a note behind for the police, who catch up just in time to apprehend Rocky and proclaim Willie a hero.



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