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The Pay-Off (1930)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 15 October 1930 (USA)
A thug robs a young engaged couple of their last few dollars. When the thug's gang boss hears of the robbery, he gives them back their money and takes them under his wing. The thug, ... See full summary »

Director:

Lowell Sherman

Writers:

Samuel Shipman (play), John B. Hymer (play) (as John Hymer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lowell Sherman ... Gene Fenmore
Marian Nixon ... Nancy Porter
Hugh Trevor ... Rocky
George F. Marion ... Mouse
William Janney ... Tommy Brown
Helene Millard ... Dot Palmer
Walter McGrail ... Emory
Robert McWade ... Frank Smiley
Alan Roscoe ... District Attorney
Lita Chevret ... Margy
Bert Moorhouse ... Spat (as Bert Moorehouse)
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A thug robs a young engaged couple of their last few dollars. When the thug's gang boss hears of the robbery, he gives them back their money and takes them under his wing. The thug, resentful of the couple, plans to organize a mutiny against the gang's boss, but when he is killed in a botched robbery, the police focus their attention on the young couple. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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THE FINAL REWARD IS DEATH! (DVD cover-all caps)

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Losing Game See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The film is based on the play "Crime" by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer. It had a good run of 186 performances at the Eltinge Theatre in New York from February to August 1927. See more »

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Version of Law of the Underworld (1938) See more »

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Lowell Sherman and Hugh Trevor!
30 August 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Stagy and a little disappointing but an interesting story, and the film boasts Lowell Sherman--a very underrated actor/director. A film star for 20 years, he is forgotten now, but his great talkie success, What Price Hollywood, is still considered one of the best 30s films.

In The Pay-Off, Sherman plays a gentlemanly gangster who gets involved with a young couple of innocents--William Janney and Marian Nixon--who get involved in his crime ring when they get mugged my a "butcher" played by hunky Hugh Trevor. While the premise is interesting, the film is not too well done and it talks itself to death.

The ending is no big surprise, but Lowell Sherman remains one of the great undiscovered acting talents of the early talkie period. Despite his make-up (very stagy) his acting is very natural and not at all the hammy early talkie style.

George Marion plays Mousy, Helene Millard is Dot, Robert McWade and Al Roscoe also co-star.

Hugh Trevor, who died a few years after this film, is best remembered for 2 comedies with Wheeler and Woolsey--The Cuckoos and Half Shot at Sunrise. He could have been a big star--tall and handsome--but he died on the operating table during a routine appendectomy.


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