MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 73,917 this week

Pick-up (1933)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  24 March 1933 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 58 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

The scheme of a pair of married con artiss goes awry when their victim dies, and they care both caught and imprisoned. When she gets out of prison, she tries to put her life back together.

Director:

Writers:

(story), , 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 224 titles
created 27 Sep 2012
 
list image
a list of 2165 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
a list of 6727 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Pick-up" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Pick-up (1933)

Pick-up (1933) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pick-up.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dying tycoon gives million-dollar windfalls to eight people picked from the city directory.

Directors: James Cruze, H. Bruce Humberstone, and 6 more credits »
Stars: Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, W.C. Fields
Taxi! (1932)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Independent cab drivers struggling against a taxi company consortium find a leader in Matt Nolan.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: James Cagney, Loretta Young, George E. Stone
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Stars: George Raft, Nina Foch, George Macready
Action | Adventure | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Friends since childhood, two men are on opposite sides in a salmon fishing conflict.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: George Raft, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The wealthy Van Dyke family are constantly in the media for outrageous behavior, much to the frustration of patriarch Dan Van Dyke. His self-centered, bubble-headed wife has a fondness for ... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: George Raft, Joan Bennett, Walter Connolly
Mystery | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: George Raft, Claire Trevor, Dick Foran
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Casino operator Johnny Lamb hires down-on-her-luck socialite Lucille Sutton as his casino hostess, in order to help her and to improve casino income. But Lamb's pals fear he may follow ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: George Raft, Dolores Costello, Ida Lupino
Red Light (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Nick Cherney, in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at Johnny Torno through his young priest brother Jess. He pays fellow prisoner Rocky, who gets out a... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Gene Lockhart
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young secretary falls in love with her boss, a middle-aged playwright. Complications ensue when her boss' son falls for her.

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Herbert Marshall, Phillip Reed
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Marion Gering
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Donald Cook, Mary Astor
Johnny Angel (1945)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Johnny Angel sets out to learn who hijacked a gold shipment from his father's ship and killed his father, the captain. He is joined in the search by Paulette, whose own father has been ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: George Raft, Claire Trevor, Signe Hasso
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three young girls working in an agency have build a singing trio. They want to 'lease' the dictaphone of their boss to make a record of their singin, but they are caught and fired. When ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Raft, Alice Faye, Frances Langford
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Mary Richards
...
Harry Glynn
Lilian Bond ...
Muriel Stevens (as Lillian Bond)
William Harrigan ...
Jim Richards
Clarence Wilson ...
Sam Foster
Brooks Benedict ...
Tony
Robert McWade ...
Jerome Turner
Purnell Pratt ...
Prosecuting Attorney
...
Mr. Brewster
Oscar Apfel ...
The Warden
Edit

Storyline

The scheme of a pair of married con artiss goes awry when their victim dies, and they care both caught and imprisoned. When she gets out of prison, she tries to put her life back together.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

prison | swindle | See All (2) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Achada na Rua  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Mary Richards: Meeting her has made you ashamed of the way you met me.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Man's Castle (1933) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
'You and Me' did it better.
5 July 2005 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed 'Pick-Up', but there were quite a few obstacles along the way. Sylvia Sidney plays a woman who's just being released from prison after a two-year sentence, but in the opening scene (in the prison governor's office) she's wearing elaborate makeup and her eyebrows are tweezed. In a supporting role, Lilian Bond's cut-glass British accent is distracting; an American actress should have been cast. Speaking of accents: Sylvia Sidney's honking Bronx accent is even more unpleasant than usual in this movie. Louise Beavers is stuck in her usual chucklin' maid role (cried Magnolia, this time), and the minstrel-show dialogue she's given here is even worse than usual. Learning that Sidney has been using a false identity, Beavers asks George Raft: 'Is you knowed she ain't she? She ain't HER?' Yassum!

The biggest flaw in 'Pick-Up' is that the relationship between Sidney's and Raft's characters here anticipates their very similar relationship in a vastly better, later film: Fritz Lang's 'You and Me'. In both films, Sidney plays an ex-convict who is in love with Raft, but who lies to him about her past and her marital status.

The soundtrack keeps playing overly-orchestrated background music at inappropriate moments. And there's a really weird scene at a 'kid party' thrown by Lilian Bond's playgirl character, which the guests -- all of them white, of course -- attend while dressed as very young children or babies. (They're waited upon by black women dressed as nursemaids.) I found it damned strange to watch several shapely young women cavorting in skimpy baby-girl outfits, escorted by men in nappies and bibs ... and I also wondered how all these idle rich people just happened to possess baby costumes that fit them. (I also wondered how badly the black women needed the money, that they'd be willing to humiliate themselves by nannying a bunch of spoilt adults.) Elsewhere, Charles Middleton makes a brief appearance ... though Middleton's fans may be disappointed that he plays a pleasant guy who's actually helpful for once.

SPOILERS COMING. Raft, in patent-leather hair, plays a studly cab driver: several women in this movie make admiring comments about his manliness. He and Sidney 'meet cute' in circumstances which convince him she's a streetwalker. They develop a plausible but unusual relationship, eventually becoming flatmates and apparently lovers, though this pre-Code film is careful to establish that they sleep in separate beds. Raft offers to marry Sidney, but she tells him she's already got a husband. She doesn't let on that he's William Harrigan, doing time for aggravated manslaughter. Then Harrigan shows up, claiming he's out on parole but brandishing a handgun. The handgun is a revolver, but it's also an automatic ... an automatic parole violation. Except that Harrigan is on DIY parole: he broke out on the lam.

Intriguingly and atypically, Raft here plays a man with no ambition at all, who gradually betters himself only because Sidney -- the woman behind the man -- keeps pushing him to take chances. When Sidney gets arrested and put on trial for murder, Raft -- even though he no longer loves her -- unhesitatingly gives up all his possessions (which he accumulated only through Sidney's guidance) to buy her the best legal defence. The film ends with Sidney acquitted, and with Raft worse off than when Sidney first met him: he started out broke; now he's skint and in debt. But the last scene is deeply touching, with some of Raft's best acting ever, and I'll rate this movie 7 out of 10.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Pick-up (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?