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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 »


Lowell Sherman


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




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)


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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When Two Men Want One Woman What Happens? (Print Ad-Toledo News-Bee, ((Toledo, Ohio)) 6 October 1930) See more »


Action | Crime | Drama



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The $230 Tommy has saved to get married on would equal $3,265 in 2015. See more »


References Our Blushing Brides (1930) See more »


Dancing the Devil Away
by Harry Ruby and Bert Kalmar
performed during the nightclub sequence
(from RKO's "The Cuckoos," also released in 1930)
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"Squeeze Me": That's About as Erotic as it Gets
30 June 2004 | by lawprofSee all my reviews

Another Alpha Video $4.99 DVD bringing a forgotten pre-WWII second (or third?) matinee feature to the DVD player.

A young couple sits in a faux Central Park late at night contemplating their marriage the next day. Fortunately the lad has saved $260 towards their life together. But a real nasty bad guy overhears them and holds them up taking every dime.

But...the almost groom recognizes the creep as a guy who hangs out in the building where he's a super's schlepper (that's NYC talk). So he and fiancee attempt to regain the money by armed robbery and blow it. They're captured by the gang.

The gang, which does high values burglaries and robberies, is headed by a suave guy, Gene Foreman, played actually with some insight by Lowell Sherman who was at the tail end of his acting career. Perhaps he knew that: he seems genuinely sad throughout the film.

Foreman eschews violence-he's a dapper dan in tails who gets leads to promising heists through wining and dining the rich. Foreman sort of adopts the young couple and the girl really likes him. Her boyfriend worries about losing this gem who intones "squeeze me" whenever she's scared, needs affectionate reassurance or both.

The really nasty dude, Rocky, is murdered and the couple are the suspects. Foreman magnificently rises to the occasion, his acting transcending the limitations of predictable plot, sets less realistic than those on "The Honeymooners" and a supporting cast of deservedly unknowns.

Fun flick from the past.


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Release Date:

15 October 1930 (USA) See more »

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Losing Game See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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