Counterfeit (1936)

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A cop goes undercover to infiltrate and break up a counterfeiting ring.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Joseph Madden
Margot Grahame ...
Aimee Maxwell
Capper Stevens
Verna Maxwell
Claude Gillingwater ...
Tom Perkins
George McKay ...
Angel White
John Gallaudet ...
Pete Dailey
Gene Morgan ...
Pierre Watkin ...
Matt McDonald
Dint Coleman
Earle D. Bunn ...
George Lloyd ...
Arthur Loft ...
Harold Goodwin ...
Wade Boteler ...


A cop goes undercover to infiltrate and break up a counterfeiting ring.

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counterfeiting | undercover | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller





Release Date:

25 May 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blutiges Geld  »

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1.37 : 1
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Should've Been Better
28 July 2007 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This second feature about how Chester Morris goes undercover to break up a counterfeiting ring is a decent effort, but has all the earmarks of something that should have been better. It has a fine cast including Morris, Lloyd Nolan, Claude Gillingwater doing one of his patented grouches and the always believable Marc Lawrence as a hood. But minor irritations, including Margot Grahame doing a poor line reading, a script that seems to overstate the obvious and, most annoying to me, bad soundwork, render this no more than adequate.

Usually you don't notice sound in a movie like this, but I have several issues. First, everyone but Chester Morris speaks clearly and at the same sound level at all times. Second, there is not much Foley work: except for a few sequences, there is no world outside the characters. And finally, the music track doesn't exist, except in a few scenes, where its presence calls attention to itself and its lack elsewhere.

George McKay has a nice turn as 'Angel', an expert in how to act to avoid being identified as someone who passes 'queer' money. But other than that, there is little to lift this movie into anything particularly interesting. So it's a decent time waster, and little more.

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