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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:
A Historic Screen Teaming See more (17 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 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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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2308-R, 26 May 1936 for re-release)

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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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:
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:
He's a DevilSee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Historic Screen Teaming, 13 December 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Smart Money is famous for the teaming of Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney in the only time they shared the screen. Both men had just come off their breakthrough performances in Little Caesar and Public Enemy respectively. Of the two of them, Robinson comes off far the better.

I'm not sure why Cagney did this film, more than likely because he was told to and was not yet rebelling against Jack Warner. He's strangely subdued in the part, the usual Cagney bounce and cockiness just isn't there for me.

Cagney plays the best friend of Greek barber Edward G. Robinson who in his career played any number of ethnic types. Here he's a happy go lucky barber whose place doubles as a betting establishment. He likes to play, but when friends raise a bankroll for him to try his luck in the big city he gets good and clipped.

Robinson's down, but not out. He goes back and clips the clippers and becomes a big gambling racketeer. Problems do arise when he and Cagney quarrel over the same woman.

It's definitely Robinson's picture, maybe it's why Cagney and he never worked together again. I would like to have seen them both in a film with a more typical Jimmy Cagney.

Still when it's broadcast it should not be missed.

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