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I Like Your Nerve
Director: William McGann (Dir)
Release Date:   12 Sep 1931
Duration (in mins):   70
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Larry O'Brien)  
    Loretta Young (Diane Forsythe)  
    Henry Kolker (Areal Pacheco)  
    Claude Allister (Archie Lester)  
    Edmund Breon (Clive Latimer)  
    Boris Karloff (Luigi)  
    Luis Alberni (Patron)  
    Ivan Simpson (Butler)  
    Andre Cheron (Franko)  
    Henry Bunston (The colonel)  
    Paul Porcasi (The patron)  
    Frank Hagney (Rocci)  
    Harry Woods (Cellino)  
    Peter Gawthorne (Roberts)  

Summary: Larry O'Brien is forcibly evicted from a Central American country and is trying to decide where to go next when he sees Diane Forsythe riding past in a chauffeur-driven car. He follows her and learns she is the stepdaughter of finance minister Areal Pacheco and is about to marry the wealthy and much older Clive Latimer. Larry tries to dissuade Diane from the marriage. Larry suspects that Pacheco has been borrowing money from the country's funds and that Latimer has promised him the money in return for Diane's hand. A visit to Pacheco confirms Larry's suspicions. Determined to keep Diane away from Larry, Pacheco and Latimer arrange to have her kidnapped until the marriage can take place. Larry learns of the plans and, disguising himself as one of the kidnappers, spirits Diane away to the house of his friend, Archie Lester. Disguising his voice, he demands ransom money from Pacheco equaling the amount that Pacheco owes to the national coffers, and then pressures Latimer into providing the ransom. After he receives the money, Diane returns home. Larry gives Pacheco the money in exchange for Diane, leaving Latimer and Pacheco to quarrel about who is really entitled to the money. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc. (Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.)
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: William McGann (Dir)
Writer: Roland Pertwee (Scr)
  Houston Branch (Adpt)
  Roland Pertwee (Dial)
Photography: Ernest Haller (Photog)
  William Reinhold (2d cam)
  William Schurr (2d cam)
  Aaron Hower (Asst cam)
  Ellsworth Fredericks (Asst cam)
Art Direction: John J. Hughes (Art dir)
Film Editor: Pete Fritch (Ed)
Costumes: Earl Luick (Gowns)
Music: David Mendoza (Vitaphone Orch cond)
Production Misc: William Walling Jr. (Still photog)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 8/9/1931 dd/mm/yyyy LP2446

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Genre: Romantic comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Central America
  Embezzlement
  Marriage--Forced by circumstances
  Romance
  Transformation
 
Subjects (Minor): Butlers
  Cabinet officers
  Disguise
  Fortune-tellers
  Impersonation and imposture
  Kidnapping
  Mothers and sons
  Parties
  Priests
  Ransom
  Stepfathers

Note: Contemporary reviews describe an opening scene that was not in the viewed film. In this scene, Douglas Fairbanks is a spectacled bookworm with a straight-laced mother who goes to the tropics when a fortune-teller advises him to travel to Central America. A news item in FD indicates that the story was to be produced on the legitimate stage, but no further information is available. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   18 Mar 31   p. 7.
Film Daily   13 Sep 31   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   19 Jun 31   p. 3.
International Photographer   1 Nov 31   p. 29.
Motion Picture Herald   l9 Sep 1931   p. 35.
New York Times   12 Sep 31   p. 15.
Variety   15 Sep 31   p. 24.

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