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Bad Boy (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 October 1935 (USA)
Poolroom ace Eddie marries his girlfriend Sally but can't find work so he sends her back to her family. Things improve after he catches some crooks.


(as John Blystone)


(as Vina Delmar's 'Bad Boy'), (screen play)


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Complete credited cast:
Sally Larkin
Mrs. Harris - Landlady
Victor Kilian ...
Fred Larkin
Mrs. Larkin
Allen Vincent ...
Bob Carey


Eddie Nolan is a good-hearted layabout who scrounges a living as a pool shark. He wants to marry his girl Sally, but without a respectable job, he can't. Things are made worse when Eddie hustles a man who turns out to be Sally's father. When some gangsters put the squeeze on, Eddie and Sally try to save the day. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Aparências Enganam  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their announced character names): Irving Bacon (Butcher), Margaret Bloodgood (Irish Woman), Anne O'Neal (Mrs. Weise), Samuel E. Hines (Husband), Betty Farrington (Wife), Esther Michelson (Jewish Woman), Mariska Aldrich (German Woman), Edna Bennett (Saleswoman), Ann Doran (Telegraph Clerk), Frank Moran (Detective Jake), 'West Virginia Ramblers' (Hillbilly Act) and Jerry Mandy (Greek Counterman). A New York Times reviewer wrote "A victim of the cutting room and other departments, 'Bad Boy' seems to have been manufactured in a terrible hurry." See more »


In soda shop, Sally removes Eddie's handkerchief to wipe her tears, and hastily stuffs it back in his pocket. As they leave the shop, it's neatly folded in his pocket. See more »


When You and I Were Young, Maggie
(1866) (uncredited)
Music by J.A. Butterfield
Played on many instruments by Bob Witt
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It's a Wonderful Hustler
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bad Boy (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A pool shark (James Dunn) wants to marry the love of his life (Dorothy Wilson) but her parents refuse because they believe he's nothing but a hood. To prove them wrong, the man goes out looking for a legit job but when he can't find one he starts to believe that he has nothing to live for. I guess you could call this an early version of It's a Wonderful Life as it deals with many of the same story lines. This film certainly isn't in the same league as that Capra classic but this is a worthy little effort for a 56-minute movie. This was only my second time seeing Dunn but he manages to pull off a pretty good and charming performance and Wilson is just as good. The ending is way too abrupt and out of nowhere but this is a worthy viewing.

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