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The Fall Guy (1930)

Passed  |   |  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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Mulhall ...
Johnny Quinlan
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Bertha Quinlan
Ned Sparks ...
Danny Walsh
Wynne Gibson ...
Lottie Quinlan
Pat O'Malley ...
Charles Newton
Thomas E. Jackson ...
'Nifty' Herman
Tom Kennedy ...
Detective Burke
Alan Roscoe ...
Detective Joe Keefe
James Donlan ...
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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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From the sensational stage hit by George Abbott and James Gleason. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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15 June 1930 (USA)  »

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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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It works well... as a comedy.
5 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When my wife and I watched "The Fall Guy" last night, we expected a low-budget RKO Radio comedy from 1930. We like such things, and this movie fared well on that score. Everything about it is funny or so ridiculous that it is funny. The premise is delightfully absurd, and the acting seemed intentionally comedic.

Was this also supposed to be a Crime-Drama? I suppose that it possible, but as another commenter observed, that part of it does not work well in 2008. It's just funny. A bizarre criminal mastermind pretending also, for some reason, to be a different criminal mastermind pays an unemployable sap to mind a suitcase for a weekend. The sap and his wife live also with the wife's sister and brother, with the brother being an unemployable eccentric learning (badly) to lay the saxophone. (Ned Sparks steals the scene for the entire film in the role of the sax playing in-law.) I can say no more, as it would be giving away the ending of this short (65 min.) film, but the film is a comedy, not a dark comedy, and it is, again, absurd.

If you love these old movies, by all means watch it. It's a amusing and should be worth an hour of your time.


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