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Rowland Brown (screenplay)
Rowland Brown (story)
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Release Date:
3 May 1931 (USA) See more »
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Truck driver Bugs Raymond organizes the trucking associations and takes protection money. Now rich, he decides to marry socialite Dorothy Stone. She rejects him for another, so he makes plans to kidnap her on her wedding day. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Spencer Tracy ... Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond

Marguerite Churchill ... Dorothy Stone

Sally Eilers ... Daisy De Lisle

Bob Burns ... 'Arkansas' Smith (as Robert Burns)

John Wray ... Kenneth Stone

Warner Richmond ... 'Nails' Markey

George Raft ... Jimmy Kirk
John Swor ... Contractor

Leon Ames ... Hood (as Leon Waycoff)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Oscar Apfel ... Police Detective Capp (uncredited)
Edwin Argus ... Testimonial Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Ward Bond ... Cop in montage (uncredited)

Dannie Mac Grant ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Henchman (uncredited)

Edgar Kennedy ... Cop (uncredited)

Henry Kolker ... District Attorney (uncredited)

Dixie Lee ... Stone's Secretary (uncredited)

Tom London ... Atlas Newsreel Man (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Chauffeur (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Cleaning Shop Victim (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Bob, Racetrack Tout in Speakesy (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Tom, Man in sound track (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Testimonial Dinner Guest (uncredited)
Oscar Smith ... Oscar, Bugs' Valet (uncredited)

Directed by
Rowland Brown 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rowland Brown  screenplay
Rowland Brown  story
Ben Hecht  uncredited
Charles MacArthur  uncredited
Courtney Perrett  screenplay
Courtney Perrett  story
Courtney Terrett 
John Wray  additional dialogue

Produced by
William Fox .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Joseph H. August 
 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
 
Costume Design by
Sophie Wachner 
 
Sound Department
W.W. Lindsay Jr. .... sound recording engineer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 

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72 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Movie debut of Leon Ames.See more »
Quotes:
Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond:Count Jimmy out.
District Attorney:No, I think I'd like to let the prison doctor do that.
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A harbinger of Jimmy Hoffa, 24 December 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In his second film Spencer Tracy could have been typecast the rest of his career on the strength of his performance in Quick Millions. Fortunately for him he wasn't, but he's pretty nigh unforgettable here.

Long before Jimmy Hoffa came around, Spencer Tracy got the idea in this film that if truck drivers could be organized there was a lot of money to be made for the one who did it. With the support of girl Sally Eilers who wants a taste of the good life too in those Depression years, Tracy gets a whole lot of people under his thumb. As he shows what can one do without material being delivered. One can't sell produce or build buildings without the material at hand. Jimmy Hoffa would have liked the way Tracy's character Bugs Raymond thinks.

But Hoffa sure would not have liked the way Tracy obsesses over society girl Marguerite Churchill. She's the sister of John Wray from whom he extorted a partnership in the building trades via his truck union. That obsession is what leads to his downfall.

Quick Millions was also the second film for George Raft who plays Tracy's bodyguard and trigger man. Raft also does an occasional freelance job and that is what does him in as well. Raft would have to wait another year for his breakout role in support of Paul Muni in Scarface in a similar role as in Quick Millions.

One of the few gangster films of the era that specifically does not deal with Prohibition, Quick Millions is an early example of labor racketeering shown on film. And it's a great early work for Spencer Tracy.

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