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Directors:
Ben Hecht
Lee Garmes (co-director)
Writer:
Ben Hecht (written by)
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Release Date:
2 October 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A HECTIC ROMANCE TO BLOW THE FUSES OUT ALONG MAZDA LANE (original poster - all caps) See more »
Plot:
A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
Rita Hayworth Classics on TCM
 (From Alt Film Guide. 7 August 2012, 1:55 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Rita Hayworth as a sweet kid See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Bill O'Brien

Rita Hayworth ... Nina Barona

Thomas Mitchell ... Gene Gibbons

John Qualen ... Charles Engle
George Watts ... Hopper
Ralph Theodore ... Dutch Enright
Eddie Foster ... Louie Artino
Jack Roper ... Eddie Burns
Constance Worth ... Sylvia Marbe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Antrim ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Rennick (uncredited)
Richard Bond ... Stevie - Sylvia's Escort (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Tony (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank Conlan ... Joe (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Pawn Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Catherine Courtney ... Miss Karpin (uncredited)
Carmen D'Antonio ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Tommy Dixon ... Checkroom Boy (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Vincent - Headwaiter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Caroline Frasher ... Street Walker (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Gambler (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Night Court Judge (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Gambler (uncredited)
William Lally ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Patricia Maier ... Girl (uncredited)
Blanche Payson ... Large Woman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Gambler (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Lunch Wagon Counterman (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Jack (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Gambler (uncredited)
Fred Sweeney ... Mr. Hugo (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... First Cabby (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Billy Wayne ... Second Cabby (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ben Hecht 
Lee Garmes (co-director)
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (written by)

Produced by
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. .... associate producer
Ben Hecht .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Antheil 
 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Makeup Department
William Knight .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rex Bailey .... assistant director (uncredited)
Cliff P. Broughton .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound (uncredited)
John P. Livadary .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Martin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Howell .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Germaine Ortala Leclerc .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harold Godsoe .... production assistant
Evelyn Earle .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) | Mono
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6487)

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Trivia:
Walter Baldwin (Rennick) and Stanley Brown (Master of Ceremonies) are listed by a modern source as cast members for those roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: When the camera pans with Charles Engle as he gets up to leave the poker game, the shadow of a cable dangling from the microphone boom can be seen following him against the back wall.See more »
Quotes:
Eugene 'Gene' Gibbons:Put your scissors away, Delilah, my hair's all cut.
[looking at her male escort]
Eugene 'Gene' Gibbons:Is this stylish fellow my successor?
Sylvia Marbe:Gene, you're drunk!
Eugene 'Gene' Gibbons:Darling, you understate the case by three bottles and a thousand tears!
[laughs]
Eugene 'Gene' Gibbons:Avaunt!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fisher King (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mon HommeSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Rita Hayworth as a sweet kid, 8 January 2011
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This early Rita Hayworth movie shows off her more youthful charms of innocence and good will. She was not yet a femme fatale or a glamour queen, although she does get an opportunity for a brief dance. She was born Margarita ('Rita') Cansino in a family of dancers, so she could dance before she could act, and made numerous film appearances as Rita Cansino before she was reinvented by Columbia Studios. This film has never been released on DVD so I had to buy an old video to see it. It is written, produced, and directed by Ben Hecht, and describes Hecht's Broadway of that era. The unlikely casting of glamour boy Douglas Fairbanks Junior as a small-time chiseller is a surprise. He does tolerably well but is no genius at it. Thomas Mitchell plays an inebriated playwright who five years ago won the Pulitzer Prize but is now a flop. Well, that's Broadway! Or was! I am referring to a time, of course, when they still had plays on Broadway, and not just musicals. Yes, believe it or not, way back in the Stone Age there was something called drama on the Great White Way, but only mastodons and plesiosaurs (got my geological eras mixed up, but who cares) remember it. The film features a fine performance from sad-sack character actor John Qualen as 'Charles Engle', a rather obvious pun on the title of the film, 'Engel' being German for angel. The film is very heavy on dialogue and somewhat preachy, but Hecht's dialogue is interesting and often extremely witty, so even though it is longer than a modern 'text message', it is worth listening to. The film was made, after all, before attention spans shrank to five seconds. The story is rather contrived and corny, and lurches rather heavily in the direction of Moral Messages. Well, good for Hecht, he was trying to get some messages across, rather than just titillate. So he was a bit clumsy at it. The film is still very good and well worth watching. And there is the irresistible Rita to gaze at, in wonder and awe. Sometimes you just want to give her a hug, don'tcha?

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