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Smart Guy (1943)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  17 December 1943 (USA)
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A gambler is about to stand trial for a crime he actually didn't commit. In order to brush up his "image", he adopts an orphaned newsboy.



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Complete credited cast:
Rick Vallin ...
Johnny Reagan
Veda Ann Borg ...
Bobby Larson ...
Wanda McKay ...
Jean Wickers
Jack La Rue ...
Matt Taylor
Mary Gordon ...
Paul McVey ...
Addison Richards ...
District Attorney Ben Carter
Roy Darmour ...
John Dawson ...
Evans (as Jon Dawson)


A gambler is about to stand trial for a crime he actually didn't commit. In order to brush up his "image", he adopts an orphaned newsboy.

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NO PLACE LIKE THE COUNTRY... when you've been jilted by a red-head and are wanted by the police! See more »


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Remake of I Am a Criminal (1938) See more »

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Wanda McKay Makes This "Guy" Swell!
1 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

Usually a film that's commercially available on DVD will attract lots of reviews, but this Monogram "B" seems to be the exception. That's a shame because Wanda McKay (rhymes with "high") has one of her most charming roles as the feminine lead. Admittedly, she's not billed as such, but her role is larger than that filled (in her usual "tough dame" style) by Veda Ann Borg. The other players are likewise never less than competent. In fact, Rick Vallin makes quite a pleasing hero (who handles the unpleasant situation he finds himself in with commendable fortitude) and even Bobby Larson is quite tolerable as the kid he rescues. However, the movie does come to a most disappointing conclusion when "Good" triumphs and the hero faces a one-to-five prison sentence for a "crime" that never happened. You'd think the scriptwriters could have come up with some sort of last-minute reprieve, however weak. Even a character witness who could destroy the credibility of the victim would be better than nothing. Or is the "message" of the movie really that all lawyers are viciously incompetent and that if you are accused of committing a crime that never occurred, you may as well plead guilty and be done with it. "Smart Guy" is one of only five or six Hollywood movies of the 1940s in which the vicious character wins the day and the hero loses out.

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