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Writers:
Kubec Glasmon (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:
She Done Him Wrong 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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Trivia:
The role played by Donald Cook was all but eliminated in the final cut, but he still appears as one of Nick's two accomplices (along with 'James Cagney' after one of the poker games.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:
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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Soundtrack:
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
She Done Him Wrong, 18 February 2002
Author: howdymax from Las Cruces, New Mexico

The only film ever to star both Edward G and Jimmy Cagney together. Made in 1931 during the Warner Bros heyday of gangster blood and guts, it represents a slight departure for them both.

Eddie G plays a small town gambler - a big fish in a little pond so to speak - with big ideas. His friends put a 10K poke together and send him off to the city to try his luck with the big boys. He is soon sucked into a crooked game by a sexy blonde at the hotel cigar counter. The scam artists soon take him to the cleaners. He is then humiliated by the sexy blonde and Sleepy Sam, played with delicious menace by Ralf Harolde.

He is joined by his pal Jimmy Cagney, and they put together another grubstake. This time, they outcon the cons, humiliate the blonde and he becomes the biggest gambler in town. It becomes clear throughout the movie, that Eddie is learning on the job, but his one very big blind spot is his attraction to blondes. Gee, I can't understand it - a short, dark, rather unattractive guy falling for some of the sexiest females on celluloid.

Well, the results are predictable,though I have to admit, the final blonde was a genuine surprise. It was the process that was interesting.

The pairing of Robinson and Cagney was a masterpiece. They played off each other like dueling banjos. It is too bad that they both got so big they couldn't fit on the same screen together again.

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