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Director:
Writers:
Kubec Glasmon (screen story and dialogue) &
John Bright (screen story and dialogue) ...
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Release Date:
11 July 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Interesting look at the rise of a professional gambler See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward G. Robinson ... Nick Venizelos

James Cagney ... Jack
Evalyn Knapp ... Irene Graham
Ralf Harolde ... Sleepy Sam
Noel Francis ... Marie

Margaret Livingston ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Edwin Argus ... Two-Time Phil aka Back-to-Back Shultz (uncredited)
Spencer Bell ... Suntan (uncredited)
Clark Burroughs ... Mr. 'Deep' River (uncredited)
Donald Cook ... Nick's Second Accomplice after Poker Game (uncredited)
John George ... Dwarf on Train (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Detective (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Eulalie Jensen ... Matron (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Tom - Canary Cottage Club Customer (uncredited)

Boris Karloff ... Sport Williams (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
John Larkin ... Snake Eyes - Porter (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Joe - Barbershop Customer (uncredited)
Wallace MacDonald ... Cigar Stand Clerk (uncredited)
Mae Madison ... Irontown Blonde Borrowing $100 (uncredited)
Charlotte Merriam ... Girl at Gaming Table (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Bill - Nick's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Charles O'Malley ... Guard with Machine Gun (uncredited)
Walter Percival ... Dealer Barnes (uncredited)
George Reed ... George - a Porter (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Pete (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Hickory Short (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... District Attorney Black (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
 
Writing credits
Kubec Glasmon (screen story and dialogue) &
John Bright (screen story and dialogue) &
Lucien Hubbard (screen story and dialogue) &
Joseph Jackson (screen story and dialogue)

Produced by
Alfred E. Green .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Kurrle (photography) (as Robert Kwirle)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (gowns) (as Karl Luick)
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
David Mendoza .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Oscar Potoker .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
USA:81 min
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Certification:
UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #2308-R, 26 May 1936 for re-release)

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At the time the movie was made, James Cagney had appeared in several movies but was not yet a big star. During the making of Smart Money (1931), Cagney was simultaneously filming The Public Enemy (1931) with director William A. Wellman. (Screenwriters Kubec Glasmon and John Bright were re-writing dialogue for "Public Enemy" while working on the set of "Smart Money.") Knowing that his friend Edward G. Robinson was already a star, Cagney deferred to Robinson in most of their scenes together. But by the time "Smart Money" was released, "The Public Enemy" had been out for several months and had made Cagney a star as well, so Warner Brothers put Cagney and Robinson's faces together on posters for the film, and gave them equal billing.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: According to video commentators Ursini and Silver, Robinson starred as Luis Pasteur, a role that was played by Paul Muni. Also they credit "Scarface" as a Universal picture. It was actually a Caddo Picture released by United Artists.See more »
Quotes:
Irene Graham:Who'll give me a half a dollar for my hand?
Nick 'The Barber' Venizelos:Uh, I wouldn't give you a nickel for your whole body.
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Soundtrack:
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Interesting look at the rise of a professional gambler, 16 November 1999

Warners was still hampered by early talkie production values - camera hardly moves, people hardly move - somewhat stagey. (Amazing that only a year later in 1932 with THE STAR WITNESS the studio had found its "noir look and pace." ) SMART MONEY is the tale of a lucky barber who is staked by his cronies to play big time in the city. He is scammed and returns empty-handed, but wiser. Returning with a new stake, he scams the scammers, makes a fortune and rises to gambling heights, owning his own casino. His one weakness, blondes. And that's how he's done in by his enemies. Rather Greek in a way- the fatal flaw in character and all. Robinson plays Nick as a really nice guy all the way through- we genuinely like him and want him to succeed even though it's at gambling. He is decent to women, ruthless with his enemies. The original story was nominated for an Oscar. Slow moving at times but generally likeable. NOTE: The obviously homoerotic relationship between friends Robinson and James Cagney (in their only film together) is incredibly apparent. Cagney and Robinson live together, sleep together it would seem and Cagney hates dames. Robinson has a weakness for blondes (Cagney's a blonde). All very hidden for its time but the affectionate physical intimacies between the two are pretty obvious.

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