Play on the edge

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German title Play on the edge
Original title The Miracle Man
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1932
length 85 minutes
Director Norman Z. McLeod
script Samuel Hoffenstein ,
Waldemar Young
music Herman Hand ,
William Franke Harling ,
Oscar Potoker
camera David Abel

And in smaller roles Robert Parrish , Bodil Rosing , Jackie Searl , Jerry Tucker

Match abyss is an American film drama from the year 1932 by Norman Z. McLeod on the novel The Miracle Man by Frank L. Packard and Robert H. Davis the same stage play, and George M. Cohan .


Crook Doc has to flee Chinatown after an unsuccessful murder attempt on shopkeeper Nikko, who tries to hook up with Doc's girlfriend Helen. Doc takes the name John Madison and arrives in Meadville, California. There he meets the Patriarch, a spiritual healer. He tries to gain reputation with the man by having his girlfriend Helen come, who is supposed to pretend to be his niece, Helen Vail.

Helen is accompanied by the contortionist Frog and the pickpocket Harry Evans. Doc stages the healing of Frog's alleged disability. At the same time, the Patriarch heals Margaret Thornton and Bobbie Holmes' real disabilities. Margaret has come to Meadville with her millionaire brother Robert to get rid of her ailment.

The healing of Frog has become known, Doc takes money in Helen's name from the patriarch's believers and supporters to supposedly build a chapel. At the same time, Robert falls in love with Helen. They both spend an evening aboard Roberts' yacht, which makes Doc furious. He plans to kill his rival.

When the Patriarch falls ill and is close to death, Helen, Frog and Harry refuse to continue helping Doc with his rip-offs. Doc is about to flee with the money to build the chapel when Robert informs him that he has proposed to Helen. The application was rejected by her because she loved Doc. Doc returns ruefully with the stolen money. When the patriarch dies, he swears his love to his girlfriend.


"It's a good production, but one where familiarity with the plot takes away general interest."


The film premiered on April 1, 1932. The Paramount Pictures production was one of over 700 productions filmed between 1929 and 1949, the television rights of which were sold to Universal Pictures in 1958 .

The novel on which the script is based was published in 1914. The play based on the novel was premiered on September 21, 1914 at the Astor Theater in New York. 97 performances followed.

The film is a remake of the 1919 silent film of the same name by George Loane Tucker with Betty Compton, Thomas Meighan and Lon Chaney sr. in the leading roles.

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  1. ^ "It is a good production, but one in which familiarity with the plot rather detracts from its general interest." - Review of the New York Times (English), accessed on November 24, 2011.