Dangerous Number

Dangerous Number is a 1937 American comedy film directed by Richard Thorpe and written by Carey Wilson. The film stars Robert Young, Ann Sothern, Reginald Owen and Cora Witherspoon, and features Dean Jagger. The film was released on January 22, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1][2]

Dangerous Number
theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Produced byLou L. Ostrow
Screenplay byCarey Wilson
Story byLeona Dalrymple
StarringRobert Young
Ann Sothern
Reginald Owen
Cora Witherspoon
Music byDavid Snell
CinematographyLeonard Smith
Edited byBlanche Sewell
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 22, 1937 (1937-01-22) (US)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


A clothing manufacturer, Hank (Robert Young) returns from a year in Japan, learning about a new formula for synthetic silk, to discover that his girlfriend Eleanor (Ann Sothern) is engaged to marry another man. Hank persuades her to jilt the new man at the altar.

After he and Eleanor get married, Hank comes to dislike the show-business friends of his wife and mother-in-law Gypsy (Cora Witherspoon) who pop up at all hours. And a man named Dillman (Dean Jagger) turns up who claims that Eleanor is actually his legal wife, not Hank's.

Hank is distracted by Vera (Maria Shelton), a friend of Eleanor's, but in the end pretends to be a cab driver and steers his taxi into a lake, with passenger Eleanor wearing a silk dress Hank gave her that disintegrates in the water.



The role of "Eleanor" was originally slated to be played by Myrna Loy. In August 1936, it was reported that Madge Evans was taking the role,[3] but it eventually went to Ann Sothern, who was on loan from RKO.[4]


  1. "Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  2. "Dangerous Number". TV Guide. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  3. "Notes" TCM.com
  4. LeVoit, Violet. "Dangerous Number (1937)"

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