Winterset (1936)

(featuring Lucille Ball as Girl in Bit Part)

Lucille Ball Movies

Maxwell Anderson combined the Sacco-Vanzetti story with elements of the still-unsolved disappearance of Judge Crater, and the result was the blank-verse theatrical piece Winterset.

Burgess Meredith, Margo and Eduardo Cianelli repeat their Broadway roles, respectively playing the grown son of an executed political radical, the woman who loves and stands by Meredith, and a menacing gangster with plenty to hide.

Fifteen years after the execution, Meredith endeavors to clear his father's name, and to that end seeks out the judge (Edward Ellis) who presided over the trial, now a drunken, guilt-ridden derelict.

Special Notes: Although, the ending was changed from the original play's cynically tragic to a happy ending, depression-era audiences, too wrapped in their own current problems to shed tears over the long-dead Sacco and Vanzetti, stayed away from Winterset in droves.

Movie #32
Film Date: 1936

Release Date: December 3, 1936
Film Type: drama
Film Color: black/white
Studio: RKO-Radio
Film Length: 77 minutes

Alfred Santell (Director)
Pandro S. Berman (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Girl Bit Part) (uncredited)

Supporting Cast:
Burgess Meredith (Mio)
Margo (Mariamne)
Eduardo Ciannelli (Trock)
John Carradine (Romagna)
Edward Ellis (Judge Gaunt)
Paul Guilfoyle (Garth)
Maurice Moscovich (Esdra)
Stanley Ridges (Shadow)
Willard Robertson (Policeman)
Mischa Auer (Radical)
Myron McCormick (Carr)
Helen Jerome Eddy (Mrs. Romagna)
Barbara Pepper (A Girl)
Alec Craig (Hobo)
Fernanda Eliscu (Piny)
George Humbert (Lucia)
Murray Alper (Louie)
Paul Fix (Joe)
Al Hill (Gangster)
Otto Hoffman (Elderly Man)
Grace Hayle (Woman)
Arthur Loft (District Attorney)
Bobby Caldwell (Mio as a Boy)
Alan Curtis (Sailor)