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The Best Man Wins (1935)

 -  Drama | Crime  -  15 January 1935 (USA)
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A diver saves his best friend's life but loses his own arm in doing so. Later, unable to find work because of his missing arm, he is forced to go to work for a criminal searching for lost ... See full summary »


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Toby Warren
Nick Roberts
Doc Boehm
Florence Rice ...
Ann Barry
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J. Farrell MacDonald ...
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A diver saves his best friend's life but loses his own arm in doing so. Later, unable to find work because of his missing arm, he is forced to go to work for a criminal searching for lost treasures. Meanwhile his friend, who has since become a policeman, finds himself assigned to break up the crook's operation and bring in his gang--including the man who saved his life. Written by

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15 January 1935 (USA)  »

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Shooting began late October 1934. Bela Lugosi immediately followed this with Monogram's The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934), which was completed in November 1934. Both films saw release in January 1935. See more »

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Two sons of fishes
30 November 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1935's "The Best Man Wins" is an excellent example of a streamlined Columbia 'B' that transcends its origins, providing unsuspecting audiences with a real gem. Edmund Lowe as Toby and Jack Holt as Nick are a team of diving buddies who split up when Nick becomes a rookie cop working on the waterfront. Nick's last dive finds him caught beneath the waves, Toby going down to free him, losing his left arm in the process. Afterwards, with a fiancée to support and unable to find work as a diver, Toby winds up working for the shady Doc Boehm (Bela Lugosi), whose smuggling work has gone undetected because he disguises the pearls as fish food. Edmund Lowe enjoys one of his finest roles, while stolid yet likable Jack Holt is his usual self (he'd already worked with Boris Karloff in 1932's "Behind the Mask"). As the girl in between, Cleveland's Florence Rice (daughter of sportscaster Grantland Rice) was making just her second film, retiring by 1943. A rare non horror role for Bela Lugosi, a studious, mild-mannered villain in beard and moustache, immaculately dressed and constantly smoking a pipe. His interest in fish, being a fellow Pisces and big believer in astrology, easily convinces Toby to join him as a silent partner in crime (Toby refers to them both as "two sons of fishes!"). Interestingly, Bela uses the expression "ya" in place of yes, to explain his slightly different accent here; otherwise, it's a part that hardly taxes his abilities. This was his fourth and last film opposite Lowe, following 1931's "Women of All Nations," 1932's "Chandu the Magician," and 1934's "Gift of Gab."

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