Back in Circulation

Back in Circulation is a 1937 American film directed by Ray Enright and starring Pat O'Brien and Joan Blondell. Based on a story by Adela Rogers St. Johns, Blondell plays a fast-moving newspaper reporter who senses a story when she spots a young recent widow partying in a night club. This film is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.

Back in Circulation
Still with John Litel and Joan Blondell
Directed byRay Enright
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
Screenplay byWarren Duff
Seton I. Miller
Based onAngle Shooter
1937 Cosmopolitan
by Adela Rogers St. Johns
StarringPat O'Brien
Joan Blondell
Margaret Lindsay
Music byBernhard Kaun
Heinz Roemheld
CinematographyArthur L. Todd
Edited byClarence Kolster
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release date
  • September 25, 1937 (1937-09-25)
Running time
81 min.
CountryUnited States

Plot summary

The top reporter on the Chronicle is a woman, "Timmy" Blake, who is engaged to marry Bill Morgan, her editor. Morgan assigns her to investigate the death of wealthy Spencer Wade, who left a note implicating Eugene Forde, his doctor.

Timmy believes that the victim's widow, Arline, is responsible. She goes to nightclub owner Sam Sherman to find out the name of a man Arline was seen with there. It turns out to be Carlton Whitney, a known gigolo.

Arline sues for libel when Timmy publishes a story implicating her. She is placed on trial for murder. It turns out Whitney has been blackmailing her, but when Wade suspected her of an affair, his suicide note implicated Forde by mistake. Timmy and Morgan get the story straightened out, and Arline ends up marrying the doctor.



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