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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:
Dorothy Wilson ...
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 »


After leaving his apartment in the first scene, Eddie's coat is unbuttoned. As he's coming downstairs, his vest is buttoned and pocket watch is in place. See more »


As I Live and Breathe
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Lew Pollack
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Played during the opening and end credits, and often in the score
Sung at various times by Howard Phillips, James Dunn and Dorothy Wilson
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A hustler's love story of the 30's.
10 December 2005 | by (Fort Worth, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

This black and white classic from the 30's, can only be described as touching. It has the flavor of "It's A Wonderful Life" and the tempo of slapstick humor from days gone by. When a hustler finds love, to what extent is he willing to give up, or to what extent is he willing to go, to hang on to the woman he loves. The hustler's life becomes a family affair. While pool was seen as a gentlemen's sport during these times, the hustler's lifestyle was still considered shady by many. This was nothing short of fun and sweet. It is an hour-long movie that you can appreciate. On a side note, the pool playing, although brief, was completely artistic and hilarious.

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