Jigsaw (United Artists) (1949)

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Advance Features—Prepared Review Still VC-57 Star Franchot Tone in a tender scene with Betty Harper in Edward and Harry Danziger’s tense, emotional drama, “Jigsaw,”’ due Cy | Met: Sees at the Theatre through United Artists release. Mat (1D) Great Suspense film Stars Franchot Tone (General Advance) “Jigsaw,” the thrilling drama of love and hate opening next ci eee at the Theatre, with I'ranchot Tone in the starring role, was filmed entirely in New York. Edward and Harry Danziger produced the film from an original story by John Roeburt, with Fletcher Markle and Vincent O’Connor doing’ the screenplay, and a fine musical score by Robert W. Stringer. Mr. Markle is also responsible for the fine direction of this unusual drama of the metropolis which United Artists is releasing. Supporting Mr. Tone are Jean Wallace, Mare Lawrence, lMyron McCormick, Luella Gear, Hester Sondergaard, Betty Uarper, Winifred Lenihan and a host of other topnotch players well known on the Broadway stage as well as in films. Miss Wallace, a comparative newcomer who has rightly been compared in looks and acting style to the late, beloved Jean Harlow, draws many kudos for her performance. As a_ lush night club enchantress, Miss Wallace does much to aid Tone, in his role as assistant district attorney and special prosecutor, to round up a gang operating a powerful and insidious racket. The picture can also boast of “the surprise guest cast of the year,” inasmuch as a number of top Hollywood stars make brief appearances in walk-on roles. Although most of the scenes in this highly absorbing picture were filmed in actual streets or apartment houses in New York, it comes as an added fillip to find the tense climactic sequences taking place right in the famed Brooklyn Museum, among its priceless works of art. Thrills and Chills in ‘Jigsaw’ — Romantic Drama Of Metropolis For an evening of diversified entertainment, which gives you an authentic glimpse of the famed “sidewalks of New York,” as well as a peer inside its plush night clubs, you could not fare better than to pay a visit to the —" Theatre where the tense and thrilling film drama, “Jigsaw,” with Franchot Tone in the star role, opened today before an absorbed audience. “Jigsaw” was produced by Edward and Harry Danziger from an original story by John Roeburt. It is being released by United Artists. Tone plays the role of an assistant district attorney determined to break up an insidious racket which has already brought death to one man and soon brings death to another—this one, an ace newspaper man who was hot on the trail of the powerful minds behind it. The newspaperman happened to be the brother of the girl Tone is going to marry, which makes him all the more anxious to break up the racket. Tone’s subtle investigations bring him Tone Supported By Unusual Cast Franchot Tone, and an excellent cast, including guest performances by some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, provide exciting film fare in “Jigsaw,” an Edward and Harry Danziger production which opens’ on ea ait at the Theatre through United Artists release. In this unusual drama, filmed entirely in New York, Tone is supported by the beautiful newcomer, Jean Wallace, as well as such first rank players as Mare Lawrence, Myron McCormick, Luella Gear, Betty Harper, Winifred Lenihan and many others. The story, which is based on an original by John Roeburt, tells of the exciting expose of a ruthless mob of racketeers who are secretly bossed by a woman high up in city politics. Tone plays the role of an assistant district attorney who is out to break up this mob. (Prepared Review) Still VC-89 Franchot Tone with Winifred Lenihan in “Jigsaw,” at the Sa ela a aa Theatre. Mat (1E) into contact with a glamorous nightclub entertainer and model, Barbara Whitfeld, played to perfection by beautiful Jean Wal lace, who turns out to be the connecting link of the clever gang in power. This reviewer does not want to give away the startling denouement of this exciting mystery drama, but it can be said that the breathtaking climactic scenes were filmed right in the famed Brooklyn Museum, and that all the outdoor scenes in New York and most of the indoor sequences were taken exactly on the spot. Tone turns in a completely satisfying performance as the intrepid assistant district attorney, and is ably supported by a fine cast which includes, besides Miss Wallace, such top ranking names as Mare Lawrence, Myron McCormick, Betty Harper, Luella Gear, Hester Sondergaard, Winifred Lenihan and many others. In addition, the picture treats you to a real surprise—bringing on, in the course of the plot, some of Hollywood’s most famous stars in guest bit roles. We cannot give you their names. That would spoil the surprise. Exciting ‘Jigsaw’ Climax Staged In Famous Museum Some of the most exciting scenes in the sensational Edward and Harry Danziger film drama, “Jigsaw,” starring Franchot Tone, which comes to the Theatre on through United Artists release, were actually filmed in the world-famous Brooklyn Museum. Known as one of the world’s largest and most renowned museums, it was made available to the “Jigsaw” crew after hours, when the Brooklyn authorities decided even the most avid museum hound would depart for home. However, a new type of artlover appeared. It was the crowd which heard that a movie was being filmed right in their Brooklyn museum. Fans, bobby soxers and autograph seekers were part of the tremendous crowds the museum officials had to gently and firmly push out at 6 P.M. The breathtaking chase that takes place at the climax of “Jigsaw” actually was filmed amid the treasured objects of the museum. The usual academic quiet of the place had a sharp change of pace as Franchot Tone and his fellow-players raced through the museum, fighting and shooting it out in the interests of the exciting plot. Supporting Mr. Tone in this unusual drama of New York are lovely Jean Wallace, a newcomer who has already drawn critical raves, Mare Lawrence, Myron McCormick, besides ‘the surprise guest cast of the year.” Luella Gear in ‘Jigsaw’ One of Broadway’s favorite comediennes, Luella Gear, plays a featured role in Edward and Harry Danziger’s sensational film drama, “Jigsaw,” the Franchot Tone starrer which opens One: ae at the Theatre through United Artists release. Stull VC-18 In “Jigsaw,” the suspense-packed drama due on Theatre, Franchot Tone plays the key role of the assist at the ona 0 tees cae © ant district attorney who goes in for racket-busting. The film, produced by Edward and Harry Danziger for United Artists release. has the “suprise guest cast of the year.” Mat (2B) Still VC-104 Franchot Tone and gorgeous Jean Wallace, a comparative newcomer to the screen, in a dramatic scene from the sensational film, “Jigsaw,” produced by Edward and Harry Danziger for United Artists release. The picture, which opens on at the Theatre, was filmed entirely in New York with a top star cast. Mat (2C) ‘Tense Franchot Tone Drama Filmed In East (Advance Feature) The filming of “Jigsaw,” the fascinating Edward and Harry Danziger drama starring Franchot Tone which opens. on sree DNs aed at the Theatre through United Artists release, presented a challenge to the producers because the picture was made entirely in New York. That meant there would be no easy California locations where natives are as used to a camera crew moving in as they are to oranges dropping from a tree. Working in New York, the world’s largest city, with its teeming community of eight million people, meant that ingenuity, inventiveness and skill would be necessary insofar as the many important sequences were concerned. Don Malkames, A.S.C., who was chosen as director of photography, faced the challenge and came_ through with flying colors. Malkames was well known for his skill in filming the authentic New York shots for many recent Hollywood pictures. With the greatest of ease he took his camera and crew into crowded New York streets, and through the vast corridors and rooms of the famed Brooklyn Museum where the exciting climax of the picture takes place. After Tone saw the rushes, he decided to nickname Malkanes “Rembrandt,” and that’s what everybody in Hollywood is calling him today. Page Five