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Kubec Glasmon (screen story and dialogue) &
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Release Date:
11 July 1931 (USA) See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Robinson Riveting Once More; Cagney A Bonus In Here See more (20 total) »


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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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USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #2308-R, 26 May 1936 for re-release)

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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 »
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 »
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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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Robinson Riveting Once More; Cagney A Bonus In Here, 9 April 2008
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Two very famous little guys playing cocky guys - Edward G. Robinson and Jimmy Cagney; who could ask for anything more? Well, maybe a little more Cagney, as he is just a supporting player here, but overall I had no complaints watching this 1931 film.

Robinson was great in the lead as "Nick the Barber," (full name "Nick Venizelos.") Cagney is "Jack," an old friend who is employed by Nick. The Greek is a barber, but he's really a full-time gambler or evolves into that role quickly during this story. He goes from small-town hick to big city boss but the road is bumpy along the way. He gets taken by the big crook in town twice, gets hustled by a couple of blondes (Nick's real weakness) but overcomes all of them to be gambling czar.

After Nick's successful jaunts at revenge are completed, the last third of the film is devoted to the city's district attorney trying to get some goods on Nick and put him away and get him out of his city.

This movie, as expected considering the year it was made, is very dated but another of those early '30s films that has a lot of snap, crackle and pop to it. The dialog is crisp and edgy with the expressions of the day and everybody is just nasty enough to make them all interesting characters.

Robinson, as in "Little Caesar," is super in here, much like the cocky gangster roles Cagney also would play in the same period ("The Public Enemy," "Lady Killer," etc.).

The blondes all look similar with the short curly hair of the period and the sexism, racism and other "isms" are all on display here in this fun "gangster movie." The ending was odd but that, too, was the mark of these Pre-Code films which certainly were different.

Now that it's out on DVD, check this film out if you're a fan of the early crime genre, or a fan of Robinson's. You won't be disappointed.

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