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Release Date:
12 October 1930 (USA) See more »
You bet - IT'S FUNNY See more »
When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Spencer Tracy ... Saint Louis

Claire Luce ... Judy Fields

Warren Hymer ... Dannemora Dan

Humphrey Bogart ... Steve Jordan

William Collier Sr. ... Pop
Joan Marie Lawes ... Jean (as Joan Lawes)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ward Bond ... Inmate Socked by Saint Louis (uncredited)
Joe Brown ... Deputy Warden (uncredited)

Bob Burns ... Slim - Bazooka Player (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Guard (uncredited)

Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. Jordan (uncredited)
Harvey Clark ... Nash (uncredited)

Dick Curtis ... New Inmate (uncredited)

Mike Donlin ... Upstate Baseball Manager (uncredited)

Noel Francis ... Sophie (uncredited)
Althea Henley ... Cynthia Jordan (uncredited)
Elizabeth Keating ... May (uncredited)
Helen Keating ... June (uncredited)

Richard Keene ... Dick (uncredited)

Sharon Lynn ... Edith La Verne (uncredited)
George MacFarlane ... Whiteley (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Honest John Jessup (uncredited)
Louise Mackintosh ... Mrs. Massey (uncredited)

Goodee Montgomery ... Kit (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Prison Warden (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... Boy (uncredited)
Claude Payton ... Guard (uncredited)

Steve Pendleton ... Morris (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Beauchamp (uncredited)
John Swor ... Clem (uncredited)
Mildred Vincent ... Annie (uncredited)

Johnnie Walker ... Happy (uncredited)

Morgan Wallace ... Frosby (uncredited)
Adele Windsor ... Minnie (uncredited)
Carol Wines ... Daisy Elmore (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
Maurine Dallas Watkins (from the original story by)

William Collier Sr.  uncredited
John Ford  uncredited

Produced by
William Fox .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
James F. Hanley 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August (photography) (as Joseph August)
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor) (as Frank Hull)
Costume Design by
Sophie Wachner (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward O'Fearna .... assistant director (uncredited)
Wingate Smith .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Duncan Cramer .... settings
Sound Department
W.W. Lindsay Jr. .... sound recorder
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
James F. Hanley .... lyrics
Joseph McCarthy .... lyrics
Other crew
William Collier Sr. .... stager
William Fox .... presenter
Crew verified as complete

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92 min | USA:85 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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The first of Humphrey Bogart's feature-length films to be released, on October 12, 1930. His second, "A Devil with Women", was released six days later, on October 18.See more »
Saint Louis:Steve, you're on the square with Judy, aren't ya'?
Steve Jordan:You bet I am!
Saint Louis:That's all we wanted to know.
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Great Classic 1930 Film, 10 December 2007
Author: whpratt1 from United States

The famous Director, John Ford presented a great 1930 film starring Spencer Tracy, (Saint Louis) who plays the role as a big time crook who has gone in and out of correctional facilities and he encounters Humphrey Bogart, (Steve) who is also a convict in the same prison. A pretty young blonde gal named Judy, (Claire Luce) becomes a prisoner and meets Steve and they become immediately attracted to each other and Steve has only a few weeks before he is released. There is plenty of comedy in this film and it is great to see how very young Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart appear in this film who were just starting out on their great careers on Hollywoods Silver Screen. John Ford made another film with Spencer Tracy after twenty-eight years and Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart never made another picture appearing in the same picture. There is great acting by the entire cast and do not miss this film, it is worthwhile to enjoy this great entertainment.

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