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The Pay-Off (1930)

A thug robs a young engaged couple of their last few dollars. When the thug's gang boss hears of the robbery, he gives them back their money and takes them under his wing. The thug, ... See full summary »

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Gene Fenmore
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A thug robs a young engaged couple of their last few dollars. When the thug's gang boss hears of the robbery, he gives them back their money and takes them under his wing. The thug, resentful of the couple, plans to organize a mutiny against the gang's boss, but when he is killed in a botched robbery, the police focus their attention on the young couple. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The final reward is DEATH!

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Not Much of a Pay-Off
25 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This early RKO Radio talkie begins with a scene introducing two incredibly naive juveniles whose unfortunate task is to present the exposition via some of the most obvious dialogue imaginable. Later scenes reveal better dialogue and acting, especially from director Lowell Sherman, a Broadway veteran whose polished, dandified, debonair character uses his big eyes to punctuate his lines. It's all unbelievable and frightfully innocent, but there's some good fun to be had. The women's frocks are particularly unfortunate. But Sherman's performance saves this from being a complete throw-a-way. His performance reminds one of Warner Baxter or William Powell. The film is based on the play CRIME by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer. It had a good run of 186 performances at the Eltinge Theatre in New York from February to August 1927. Among the cast were Sylvia Sidney as Annabelle and Chester Morris as Rocky. In 1938, Morris starred in a new film version called LAW OF THE UNDERWORLD essaying the role of Gene Fillmore (Fenmore in the play and first film version).


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