THE MOTH (1934) Sally O’Neil, Paul Page, Wilfred Lucas | Crime, Drama | B&W

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The Moth is a 1934 American crime drama film directed by Fred C. Newmeyer about an irresponsible, disinherited heiress called Diane who heads for New Orleans and crosses paths with a jewel thief who is a notorious criminal known as The Moth.

Wealthy young socialite Diane Wyman squanders her fortune and becomes involved in a scandalous raid at a wild party. Her legal guardian, a lecherous old man who has the hots for her, hires a private detective to spy on her. He tails her to a train headed for New Orleans, but she catches on to him. She befriends a young woman aboard the train and they both give the private eye the slip. What Diane doesn’t know, however, is that that her newfound friend is actually a notorious criminal known as The Moth, and she has her own reasons for helping Diane escape–she, too, is being tailed by a detective, who’s after a cache of jewels she’s stolen.

Sally O’Neil as Diana Wyman
Paul Page as George Duncan
Wilfred Lucas as John Gale
Fred Kelsey as Detective Blake
Duncan Renaldo as Don Pedro
Rae Daggett as Marie LeMaire, The Moth
Nina Guilbert as Auntie Jane Stevens
Georgia O’Dell as Old Maid Train Passenger

Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer
Written by Joseph O’Donnell
Produced by Al Alt, C.C. Burr
Cinematography George Meehan
Edited by S. Roy Luby
Distributed by Showmen’s Pictures, Inc.
Release date January 15, 1934
Running time 64 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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