The Fall Guy (1930)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Quinlan
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 ...
The Bill Collector


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 »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

15 June 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trust Your Wife  »

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(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Johnny Quinlan: As for you, baby, that last wham of yours just cleared the bases!
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Wonders still exist...
25 June 2006 | by (Waukegan, IL.) – See all my reviews

For those of you with some age under your fingernails - ( Whaa?? ) - you may remember when TV was a constant source of discovery. This was before cable. Hell, it was even before UHF. Yes, long before 500 channels of computer regulated crap, there was a time when you could flip on the set and have no idea just what you might encounter. Tonight was one of those times.

Just finished watching "The Fall Guy". A man ( Johnny Quinlan ) falls in with a drug smuggling crook ( Thomas E. Jackson ) while his girlfriend's brother ( Ned Sparks ) cracks wise. That's really all you need to know, other than that the story is compelling enough to hold one's interest through even the most banal of late night commercials.

Oh, and a couple of other things: Ned Sparks must have been a big enough star in his day to have inspired a Warner Bros. cartoon parody. As for Thomas E. Jackson; close your eyes and you will swear you are listening to Lewis "Studs" Turkel. Think the studly one might have seen this movie? Hey, take it easy...but take it! Anyway, what inspired me to take keyboard in hand here is the fact that I saw this movie for the first time moments ago. On TV. Not on some esoteric cable station, but on good old WLS Ch.7 in Chicago. That's right, someone found this one in the vaults, dusted it off and stuck it on Insomiac Theater. LORD A' MIGHTY! This is what TV used to be about; discovery, the unexpected and all, those other good things that made us kids born in the late 40s and early 50s fall in love with the unblinking eye. Excuse me while I go weep for what once was...and still could be.

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