As an antique auto neophyte, I'm pleased I didn't make a fool of myself. My expertise is antique films, and, as such, I see many antique cars and make a point of identifying them. This one, however, was unidentifiable. I reached out to Gene Zorich, an absolute film guru. He suggested I post it to this site, and I'm glad he did.
The car plays a sizable part in the first half of the film. Mackaill is an heiress and the owner of the car. She decides to take flying lessons from Humphrey Bogart who takes her through a series of acrobatic moves, making her sick. Bogart needing a ride into the city, she pays him back by driving the Miller wildly. The scene shifts between close ups and long shots. The stunt driver in the long shots puts the car through its paces. The film is rarely shown. It came out of Columbia during its poverty row days. Despite his lead in the film, Bogart would go on to play primarily the heavy second in Warner Bros. films until The Maltese Falcon. Mackaill, a major silent star, was fading fast, although also in 1932 she made one of the best pre-code films and a great one by any standard called Safe in Hell.
Connecting film and autos, I have no doubt that you are all well aware that a Dusenberg SSJ sold last month for $22 million, setting a new record for an auction sale, more than $8 million more than the first produced Shelby Cobra. I understand it was the most expensive pre-war era vehicle ever sold. Engines J-563 and J-567 were built on spec and lent to Gary Cooper and Clark Gable for 6 months. Cooper bought his; Gable did not. It was the Cooper car that sold last month. The Gable car went up for auction in 2012, but a high bid of $6+ million didn't meet the reserve. Cars and celluloid, you gotta' love 'em both.