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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:
"I always Had a Weakness for Women" See more (16 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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2308-R, 26 May 1936 for re-release)

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Trivia:
Original opening credits and underlying music were replaced during the 1940s for an intended re-release, and are still in place on surviving material.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:
Nick 'The Barber' Venizelos:Well, faint heart never won fair lady... or fat turkey.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"I always Had a Weakness for Women", 17 August 2005

This is a nicely tailored story about the rise of Nick the Barber( a real barber)from the small gambling environs of Irontown to his rise to the big time gambling scene. Several things distinguish this film from just another mob movie. And that is just it for starters. This is not a mob movie. Edward G. Robinson's Nick is one of the kindest, most liked, and honest "crime" bosses you will ever see in film. Eddie doesn't shoot it up - in fact no one is murdered(Okay, I'm being a stickler here). This film also shows how difficult gambling can be as a profession. But at the film's heart is Robinson's performance. Nick is a sweet, at times naive, resilient guy with a weak/blind spot for pretty blondes. Aiding Eddie is none other than Jimmy Cagney playing Jack his friend and fellow business associate. Alfred E. Green does a rather deft job directing this very early sound picture. The pace is fast and the mood never compromised. The rest of the cast is quite good. Boris Karloff has a bizarre cameo as a man that has something Eddie just had - but we never know why Boris had it. It's a treat seeing Karloff and Robinson and Cagney in a brief yet memorable scene.

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