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The Fall Guy (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 June 1930 (USA)
When a hapless pharmacist loses his job and falls in with criminals, he's soon made The Fall Guy. Unemployed, Johnny Quinlan (Jack Mulhall) starts doing jobs for underworld chieftain Nifty ... See full summary »

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Johnny Quinlan
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Bertha Quinlan
Ned Sparks ...
Danny Walsh
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Lottie Quinlan
Pat O'Malley ...
Charles Newton
Thomas E. Jackson ...
'Nifty' Herman
Tom Kennedy ...
Detective Burke
Alan Roscoe ...
Detective Joe Keefe
James Donlan ...
The Bill Collector
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Storyline

When a hapless pharmacist loses his job and falls in with criminals, he's soon made The Fall Guy. Unemployed, Johnny Quinlan (Jack Mulhall) starts doing jobs for underworld chieftain Nifty Herman (Thomas Jackson), who plans to use Johnny as a dupe to cover up his own shady activities. Herman plants a illegal drugs on Quinlan, who is nabbed by federal agent Charles Newton (Pat O'Malley). But in a twist, Quinlan convinces Newton to allow him to trick Herman into a confession.

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Smiles! Laughs! Roars! Giggle with this good-humored guy...the original sap, wouldn't bite on the Brooklyn Bridge gag but wanted the Woolworth tower wrapped up for wifey's birthday present! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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15 June 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trust Your Wife  »

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(RCA Photophone)

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1.20 : 1
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The Fall Guy opened at the Eltinge 42nd Street Theater in New York City, New York, USA on 10 March 1925 and ran for 95 performances, closing in June 1925. The opening night cast included Ernest Truex as Johnnie Quinlan and Dorothy Peterson as Lottie Quinlan. See more »

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Charles Newton: What's in the suitcase?
Johnny Quinlan: Hooch!
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Ned Sparks is Hard To Watch....
18 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I generally love old movies, pre-code even more, but this one just grated on my nerves. I think it was Ned Sparks "playing" that sax and pretending he had great dialog. I know it was the thirties, but did he have to pull such strange faces when he spoke his lines? And what lines...again, i usually love older dialog, as written by folks who had lived a little, but this one just seemed so dated to me, and even corny...Ned looked like he just sucked lemons after every line...WTF?

He also appeared to have some sort of nerve disorder, the way he screwed up his face every time he was on camera. Reminded me of my grandfather, and not in a good way...

Anyway, just thought adding another comment couldn't hurt-sorry if i've offended anybody, but give me an old Cagney movie, or something where the actors don't inspire such reactions to their characters.

I know, it was probably great when it came out, but that guy with the sax just needed a beat-down in the worst way...


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