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The Fall Guy (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 June 1930 (USA)

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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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Bertha Quinlan
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Lottie Quinlan
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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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15 June 1930 (USA)  »

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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 »

Quotes

Charles Newton: I've got a job for you. But, one Quinlan is enough in my office. I'm going to fire her.
Johnny Quinlan: Oh, what, Lottie?
Charles Newton: Yes. I'm going to give her a better job. I think it's listed in civil service as, a, housewife.
Johnny Quinlan: Welcome to the family, Charlie!
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About As Flat and As Bland as You Can Get
11 September 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Fall Guy (1930)

** (out of 4)

Extremely bland but mildly entertaining film about a man (Jack Mulhall) who gets fired from his job at the worst time because his wife (Mae Clarke) has her lazy brother (Ned Sparks) living with them and none of them have a dime to their name. The man finally gets desperate enough to try and make some quick cash with some illegal doings but soon he finds himself as the fall guy.

THE FALL GUY is a very forgettable movie that most people won't bother coming to unless they're a fan of Clarke and want to see one of her early performances. This was made a year before WATERLOO BRIDGE and FRANKENSTEIN and there's no question that she's the best thing in the picture even though she's not given too much to do. She does get a few good scenes where she breaks down on the husband who goes against her wishes and runs with this bad crowd.

Outside of Clarke there's really not too much here. Mulhall is okay in the lead but he certainly isn't strong enough to carry the picture. Sparks is incredibly dull and lifeless as the lazy brother. Wynne Gibson is decent as the sister-in-law and Pat O'Malley is decent as well. The biggest problem with THE FALL GUY is its direction by Leslie Pearce, which is downright bad. I say that because there's not an ounce of energy to be found anywhere in the picture and for the life of me the film was so flat that I really couldn't tell whether it was a drama or a comedy.

I will say that, technically speaking, it's quite good for 1930. The soundtrack is recorded extremely well and there aren't any technical glitches that we often found in these early talkies.


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