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W.R. Burnett (story)
Francis Edward Faragoh (screenplay)
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Release Date:
30 April 1931 (USA) See more »
Prizefighter Mason loses his opening fight so wife Rose leaves him for Hollywood. Without her around Mason trains and starts winning. Rose comes back and wants Mason to dump his manager Regan and replace him with her secret lover Lewis. | Add synopsis »
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Lew Ayres ... Kid Mason

Robert Armstrong ... George Regan

Jean Harlow ... Rose Mason

John Miljan ... Paul H. Lewis

Edward Dillon ... Jeff

Mike Donlin ... McNeil
Morrie Cohan ... Rattler O'Keefe

Mary Doran ... Showgirl
Mildred Van Dorn ... Gladys DeVere

Ned Sparks ... Riley
Sammy Blum ... Mandel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wade Boteler ... Reporter (uncredited)

Heinie Conklin ... Prizefight Second (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)

John George ... Card Player (uncredited)
Sammy Gervon ... Trainer (uncredited)

Tom Kennedy ... Bartender (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Tom Jones - Referee (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... O'Keefe's Second (uncredited)

Constantine Romanoff ... Diner (uncredited)
Claire Whitney ... Louise Lewis (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
W.R. Burnett  story (as William R. Burnett)
Francis Edward Faragoh  screenplay and dialogue

Produced by
E.M. Asher .... associate producer
Tod Browning .... producer
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
Cinematography by
Percy Hilburn 
Film Editing by
Milton Carruth 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
Costume Design by
Vera West (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott R. Beal .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising editor
Music Department
Bernie Grossman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter

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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Kid Mason:Rose!
[he comes out of the bedroom]
Kid Mason:Guess I don't look so good, do I?
Rose Mason:[she looks at him] Oh, well...
Kid Mason:I went after him too fast. I guess I guessed wrong.
Rose Mason:So did I, guess wrong. I guessed I'd be wearing that fur coat you been shooting off your head about. And I guessed we'd be moving out of this hole. Wasn't I a dope?
Kid Mason:You'll get your fur coat, Rose.
Rose Mason:Sure... if I go out and shoot a couple of cats!
Kid Mason:My own fault. I didn't fight the way George told me to. Now he's through with me.
Rose Mason:Oh, you shudda been through with him years ago. You doing all the dirty work, while Regan sat back and grabs off his fifty percent.
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10 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
No Cinderella, 20 June 2005
Author: tedg ( from Virginia Beach

When you enter into a film, you are accepting a world. You are accepting whatever God and physics and mythology that the filmmaker has created. Within that world, wheels turn and things happen.

All too often we think the movie is about those happenings. We focus on characters and the emotions they convey. But the deeper influence of a film is in how the world works.

Over time, movie watchers develop a sensitivity to this and make choices about which worlds resonate or not.

I have decided to boycott Glazier/Howard films because they are convinced that we like a world where some bad things happen as if they were rainstorms, but the entire cosmos is infused with a happy sweetness.

If you watch film deeply, this can ruin your whole day, with great expenditures of psychic energy in buying back your individuality. So instead of seeing "Cinderella Man" which is in the theaters now, I sought another boxing movie instead.

Sure, we have "Raging Bull" which is an exercise in visualizing a brutal personality. And we have "Rocky" which is sort of cold war ode to nationalism. But I chose this because it is by a director whose world I respect.

Tod Browning's world is a complex one, not catagorizable in terms of a single type of God or fate, depending on how you think. He himself comes from a circus world with some elements of risk, some of heavy fate, and others of practiced comedy tied to honor.

I credit Browning with laying the groundwork that allowed noir to take hold in the 30s, probably the strongest influence in film. So this film is about a contender, several actually. And it IS a contender, but unlike Howard's cardboard guy, this fellow has a wife that destroys the first layer of his world in order to expose and reinforce the larger world.

In the story, that's the world of honor and striving and self assurance. In the world of film, it is the world of self awareness and the link of fate to the game.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.

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