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Director:
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:
A smart, fast, well constructed movie, with a shining Edw G. Robinson See more (16 total) »

Cast

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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 Sarno ... Pete (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Hickory Short (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... District Attorney Black (uncredited)
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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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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:
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A smart, fast, well constructed movie, with a shining Edw G. Robinson, 12 August 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Smart Money (1931)

A clever story about crime and misguided love (quasi-love) and about the love of money. What's wrong with that? Nothing here. With a remarkable performance by Edward G. Robinson (as usual), and supporting roles by a young James Cagney and a series of blondes who will more or less look alike at first. It might have been something of a formula production for the cast and crew, but it's during the lively pre-1934 sound era where, especially at a studio like Warner Bros., things manage to pop one way or another.

As much as this is a very good film, completely engaging and without gaffes or sentimental slow downs, it remains secondary for 1931 because of several interesting things. First, Robinson had just become famous for "Little Caesar" where he had a shining (and roughly similar) role as a sort of good guy gangster. Second, Cagney was in a rare supporting role, not yet famous for his breakout role in "The Public Enemy" later the same year. Both of these Warner films are better, all around. And a third twist is the appearance early on of Boris Karloff, who was about to launch to superstardom as, yes, "Frankenstein," a Universal film from later in, yes, 1931.

But you should watch "Smart Money" for what it does so well--tells a fast, multi-layered story with economy and life, and with great performances by the leads. The story and direction might fall short of classic, but it's still really solid.

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