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Smart Money (1931)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  11 July 1931 (USA)
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Immigrant Greek barber has uncommon skills in playing poker and soon rises in the seedy world of illegal gambling, but pretty blondes remain his Achilles' heel.

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Nick Venizelos
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Evalyn Knapp ...
Irene Graham
Ralf Harolde ...
Sleepy Sam
Noel Francis ...
Marie
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District Attorney's Girl
Maurice Black ...
Greek Barber
Billy House ...
Irontown Salesman (as William House)
Paul Porcasi ...
Alexander Amenoppopolus
Gladys Lloyd ...
Second Cigar Stand Clerk
Polly Walters ...
Lola
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Storyline

Nick Venizelos, an immigrant Greek barber, has an uncommon affinity for poker and other sorts of wagering and a group of his friends bankroll him in a big game, where his weakness for pretty blondes is taken advantage of by sleazy operator Sleepy Sam who cleans him out in a rigged game. Nick accepts help from his buddy Jack as they turn the tables on the grifters, but triumph soon changes to tragedy. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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blonde | barber | poker | grifter | gambling | See more »

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11 July 1931 (USA)  »

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As Mulheres Enganam Sempre  »

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Despite both Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney having spent most of their acting careers with Warner's Bros., this was the only film the two acting legends appeared in together. See more »

Goofs

On the window of his barber shop, and in the note he receives in his hotel from his friends at home, Nick's last name is spelled "Venizelos"; but on his volunteer fireman's card (inspected when he enters the gambling den), it is spelled "Venezelos". See more »

Quotes

Nick 'The Barber' Venizelos: [inquiring at cigar stand] Say, uh, what are those things for?
Marie: Poker dice.
Nick 'The Barber' Venizelos: Oh, you gamble with them?
Marie: Yes, sir, it's a dollar if you lose, and if you win, you get $2 worth of merchandise.
Nick 'The Barber' Venizelos: [looking at her laciviously] Anything behind the counter?
Marie: [coyly] Anything in merchandise.
Nick 'The Barber' Venizelos: Heh, heh, well, you're a cute little package.
[he chuckles]
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Referenced in James Cagney: Top of the World (1992) See more »

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He's a Devil
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Written by Irving Berlin
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Robinson & Cagney.
3 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson and Jimmy Cagney team up in their only picture together(strangely enough). Robinson plays Nick, an immigrant Greek barber who loves to gamble and can't stay away from a poker game or betting. Cagney plays Jack, his good friend who is amused by him, and he and their other friends bankroll him in a big betting game in the city, though Nick's weakness for women gets him cleaned out in a rigged game, Nick decides to get even by joining in on the racket, which makes him rich at first, but of course things later go wrong, though Jack does what he can to help. The two top actors are once again the whole show in otherwise familiar picture that works because of their star-power.


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