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Octavus Roy Cohen (story)
Walter DeLeon (screen play) ...
Release Date:
4 September 1931 (USA) See more »
Unable to repay a substantial gambling debt to mob boss North, Alan Beckwith concocts a last-ditch scheme... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Boyd ... Alan Beckwith (as Bill Boyd)

James Gleason ... Squint

Warner Oland ... North

Dorothy Sebastian ... Beverly

Zasu Pitts ... Nora

June MacCloy ... Mae
William Collier Jr. ... Johnnie
Ralph Ince ... Webb
Geneva Mitchell ... Trixie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sidney Bracey ... Wedding Witness (uncredited)
Allan Cavan ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Red - Gangster Driver (uncredited)
Joseph W. Girard ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Milk Fund Representative (uncredited)
Fred Walton ... Samuel - North's Butler (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Niblo 
Writing credits
Octavus Roy Cohen (story)

Walter DeLeon (screen play) (as Walter De Leon) &
F. McGrew Willis (screen play)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... associate producer
Charles R. Rogers .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Arthur Lange (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (photography)
Film Editing by
Joseph Kane (film editor)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E.J. Babille .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound engineer
Charles O'Loughlin .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Adolph L. Schafer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Lange .... musical director
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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Nora Dugan:I didn't mean to be protruding, but we've got to go.See more »
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Remake of Red Dice (1926)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Still In The Silent Era, 12 January 2009
Author: boblipton from New York City

William Boyd is willing to kill himself for enough insurance money to pay off his debts, but crime boss Warner Oland raises the stakes: a year and a day, and the money will nominally be paid to wife-for-hire Dorothy Sebastian. But a lot can happen in a year...

Shot beautifully by under-rated DP Hal Mohr, this movie, with a newly mobile sound camera is very good visually. Unfortunately, leads Boyd and Sebastian are not quite out of the silent era and director Fred Niblo is not so good at directing the dialogue -- nor does the depression that the leads evince for the first half of the movie, help things much. James Gleason and Zasu Pitts are, of course, excellent, but, despite an excitingly shot finale,the acting prevents this from being more than an averagely good picture.

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