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Date produced: 1933


Edward Atkins

Joseph Dephoure




200 ft





Sound Notes:



ACL Ten Best 1933


"Pipe Dreams, by Joseph Dephoure, ACL, and Edward Atkins, ACL, is ranked among the year's ten best because of its considerable triumphs over dramatic and technical difficulties. Through the imagination of its producers, a small cast, simple settings and moderate footage have been used to tell a big story, rich in pictorial effect. Dreaming that he has murdered his unfaithful wife, a young man sees in prospect the swift and fearful course of his life to the waiting gallows. The murder, the trial, the death cell and the hanging are represented in large part only by the imaginative and striking use of shadows of the real scenes. Occasional straight shots are heightened in effect by unusual angles and dramatic lighting. Sensitively planned, smartly executed and deftly cut, Pipe Dreams makes its simple story exciting and forceful." Movie Makers, Dec. 1933, 500.


The film won first place in the "photoplay division" of an East Coast interclub amateur movie contest in 1934. Movie Makers, Feb. 1934, 62.

The film was available in the ACL's Club Film Library.

Club Affiliation:

Boston Cinamateur Club





  • Screened by the Boston Cinamateur Club at the Fine Arts Theatre in 1933: Boston, MA
  • Screened by the Telephone Camera Club of Manhattan in 1933: Manhattan, N.Y.
  • Screened by the Boston Cinamateur Club in 1934: Boston, MA
  • Screened by the Klub der Kino-Amateure-Oesterreichs in the summer of 1934: Vienna, Austria
  • Screened by the Hungarian Amateur Film Club in 1934: Budapest, Hungary
  • Screened by the Hartford Amateur Cinema Club in 1934: Hartford, CT
  • Screened by the Des Moines Amateur Movie Club in 1934: Des Moines, IA
  • Screened by the Toronto Amateur Movie Club at the Royal York Hotel in 1935: Toronto, ON
  • Screened by the Amateur Cinema Club of Norristown in 1935: Norristown, PA
  • Screened by the Sixteen Movie Club in 1935: Akron, OH
  • Screened by the Winnipeg Cine Club in 1936: Winnipeg, MB
  • Screened by the Nederlandsche Smalfilmliga in 1936: Emmastad, Curaçao
  • Screened by the Aruba branch of the Nederlandsche Smalfilmliga in 1936: Aruba
  • Screened by the Jefferson City Cinema Club in 1937: Jefferson City, MO
  • Screened by the Y.M.C.A. Movie and Camera Club in 1938: Des Moines, IA

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