GenreDrama ProducersFrank Capra, Harry Cohn LanguageEnglish
WriterRobert Riskin (story) Release dateAugust 4, 1932 (1932-08-04) DirectorsFrank Capra, Allan Dwan, Roy William Neill CastWalter Huston (Thomas Dickson), Pat O'Brien (Matt Brown), Kay Johnson (Mrs. Phyllis Dickson), Constance Cummings (Helen), Gavin Gordon (Cyril Cluett), Arthur Hoyt (Ives) Similar moviesInside Job, It's a Wonderful Life, Capitalism: A Love Story, The Insider, The Man Who Knew Too Little, Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
American madness 1932
American Madness is a 1932 American pre-Code film directed by Frank Capra and starring Walter Huston as a New York banker embroiled in scandal. The story is also Sterling Holloway's feature-film debut.
In the Great Depression era, the Board of Directors of Thomas Dickson's bank want Dickson (Walter Huston) to merge with New York Trust and resign. He refuses. One night, Dickson's bank is robbed of $100,000. The suspect is Matt Brown (Pat O'Brien), an ex-convict whom Dickson hired and appointed Chief Teller. Brown, who's very loyal to Dickson, refuses to say where he was that night. He has two witnesses for his alibi, Mrs. Dickson (Kay Johnson) and fellow worker Cyril Cluett (Gavin Gordon), but Brown is protecting Dickson from finding out that Mrs. Dickson was with Cluett having a romantic evening. Cluett, who has a $50,000 gambling debt, is responsible for the robbery, but lets Brown take the rap.
Word of the robbery causes a run on the bank, but friends of the banker come to his aid, and the bank is saved.