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Paid (1930)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 30 December 1930 (USA)
Mary Turner goes up for three years on a crime she didn't commit. Once out she and former prison mates plan a scam in which old men can be sued for breach of promise - the "heart balm" ... See full summary »

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Agnes Lynch
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Bob Gilder (as Kent Douglass)
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Inspector Burke
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Edward Gilder (as Purnell B. Pratt)
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District Attorney Demarest
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Eddie Griggs (as Tyrrell Davis)
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Carney
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Bertha
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Helen Morris (scenes deleted)
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Mary Turner goes up for three years on a crime she didn't commit. Once out she and former prison mates plan a scam in which old men can be sued for breach of promise - the "heart balm" racket. After plotting verious ways to get back at the men who set her up initially, she softens and settles down. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Within the Law  »

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The lead role was commissioned for Norma Shearer but she had to withdraw owing to pregnancy. See more »

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Mary Turner: Gee you're white, Joe.
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Remade as Broadway Television Theatre: Within the Law (1952) See more »

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The Sidewalks of New York
Music by Charles Lawlor (1894)
Lyrics by James W. Blake
Partially sung by George Cooper
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One of Crawford's best performances
5 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Addmittedly, I'm a big Crawford fan. That's why I was thrilled to see her in PAID. Her role in this film is one of the most diverse of her entire career. She begins as a downtrodden, simple girl, wrongly accused of a crime, and she depicts this very believably. Then prison life hardens her, and she learns more than just street smarts, resulting in a sassy, savvy woman on a mission. Crawford shines above all the other actors in this film. Her character is complex and interesting. The film overall may seem too "quaint" for anyone who is not already a fan of early talkies, but those who love this genre will love this film, and will love Crawford's performance. It's unfortunate that it is so difficult to find PAID on video, or more classic film fans would be able to see one of Crawford greatest early performances.


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