MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 38,320 this week

The Pay Off (1942)

Passed  -  Action | Crime | Mystery  -  24 November 1942 (USA)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 82 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 1 critic

The city's District Attorney is murdered, and a newspaper reporter investigates. He starts finding out that everything wasn't quite as cut and dried as it appeared to be.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original story)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2071 titles
created 08 Feb 2012
 
a list of 78 titles
created 20 Dec 2012
 
a list of 2065 titles
created 23 Dec 2012
 
list image
a list of 21 titles
created 02 Aug 2013
 
a list of 2314 titles
created 19 Sep 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Pay Off" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Pay Off (1942)

The Pay Off (1942) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Pay Off.

Videos

1 video »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Blessed Event (1932)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Al Roberts writes a gossip column for the Daily Express. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets into a little difficulty with a hood named Goebel who... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Lee Tracy, Mary Brian, Dick Powell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Guy Kibbee, Lee Tracy, Gloria Dickson
Certificate: Passed Film-Noir | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A respected citizen with secret ties to the local mob is faced with revealing his criminal connections to save two innocent people from execution.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Chester Morris, Anne Shirley, Eduardo Ciannelli
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young manipulative woman moves in with her fiances family and turns a happy household against itself.

Directors: John Brahm, John Cromwell, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Anne Baxter, Ralph Bellamy, Aline MacMahon
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results.

Director: Steve Sekely
Stars: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Before World War II, Japanese spies seek secrets of the Panama Canal.

Director: William Berke
Stars: Lee Tracy, Nancy Kelly, Richard Loo
High Tide (1947)
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A fast-moving automobile fails to make a sharp turn of the highway from Malibu to Los Angeles. It overturns and its occupants, Tim Slade, Newspaper man turned private investigator, and Hugh... See full summary »

Director: John Reinhardt
Stars: Lee Tracy, Don Castle, Julie Bishop
Two-Fisted (1935)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A fast-talking boxing manager and the somewhat hapless fighter he manages happen to run into a young man who was a good prizefighter in his day but is now out of the sport and has a ... See full summary »

Director: James Cruze
Stars: Lee Tracy, Roscoe Karns, Gail Patrick
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Postal Investigators Tom and Doris follow a trail from a mail robbery on the East Coast to Los Angeles using a letter sent by General Delivery to "Jane Turner". When the letter (with loads ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Killy
Stars: Lee Tracy, Gloria Stuart, Ann Preston
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jed Marlowe is a brilliant, scheming, unscrupulous criminal lawyer whose specialty is defending criminal he knows is guilty but gets them off through loop-holes or bribery. Then his ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Hively
Stars: Lee Tracy, Barbara Read, Patric Knowles
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Barry Brandon, a criminal lawyer, visits the night club of Denny Larkin, his primary client, with Betty Walker, a spoiled society girl. The police raid the club and Brandon pleads that the ... See full summary »

Directors: Christy Cabanne, Edward Killy
Stars: Lee Tracy, Margot Grahame, Eduardo Ciannelli
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Brad McKay
Tom Brown ...
Guy Norris
Tina Thayer ...
Phyllis Walker
...
Alma Dorn
Jack La Rue ...
John Angus
Ian Keith ...
Inspector Thomas
Robert Middlemass ...
Lester Norris
John Maxwell ...
Moroni
John Sheehan ...
Sergeant Brenen
Harry C. Bradley ...
Dr. Steele (as Harry Bradley)
Forrest Taylor ...
Hugh Walker
Pat Costello ...
Pat--Reporter
Edit

Storyline

Special prosecutor Lloyd Pearson has been murdered and there is strong evidence that gambler Moroni committed the crime, but he has an air-tight alibi, spending the evening with Brad McKay, star reporter of the Chronicle. Norris, the publisher, send Brad and his son, Guy Norris, to cover the story. Brad learns that Moroni did commit the murder, but has no way to prove it. Moroni tells Brad that the murdered prosecutor was getting a payoff, and was killed by his assistant Hugh Walker following a quarrel. John Angus, proprietor of the Hi Lo Club, tells Moroni that Brad suspects him. Phyllis Walker tells Brad that her father is in danger from Moroni. Hugh Walker has given her a key to the public locker where some money is hidden. That night, Brad finds Moroni dead. He realizes there is a higher-up that had Moroni kill Pearson, and then has had Moroni killed. He learns that Walker has been kidnapped, but secures the money from the locker and hides it in his apartment. He meets Alma Dorne ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

HE'S BACK AGAIN... The Fastest talking newshawk in his greatest role! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

24 November 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Danaro e sangue  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Who killed the special prosecutor?
31 July 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Lee Tracy once again returns to the role of the fast talking newspaper reporter for PRC's The Pay Off. Tracy could do this role in his sleep, but fortunately put a great deal of conviction into his performance.

The murder of a special prosecutor and the disappearance of his assistant with $100,000.00 in pay off money is the kind of story Tracy can sink his teeth in. He's also got an assistant in this story, young Tom Brown has been told by his publisher father Robert Middlemass to learn the newspaper business from Tracy.

The Pay Off falls into Tracy's hands in the form of a key to bus locker terminal. As for the assistant, Tracy uses it for bait to flush out the bad guys including the mysterious Mr. Big. By this time Brown and Tina Thayer the daughter of the assistant have fallen in love.

As for Tracy he gets to out fox a sly fox of a hit woman in Evelyn Brent. His scene with her when she thinks he's dying of a gunshot wound is the best in the film.

Jack LaRue has a good part as a lizard like gambling club owner who will make your skin crawl.

Tracy's career took a downward skid when he got fired from MGM off the Viva Villa set. For the next dozen or so years he caught on with a lot of low budget studios, but I will say he gave as much conviction to his parts with places like PRC to those films he did with MGM in his top years.

The Pay Off is a good example of that.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Pay Off (1942) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?