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The Pay-Off (1930)

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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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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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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A delightful classic staring Lowell Sherman.
2 August 2014 | by donahue-1See all my reviews

Please ignore the CGI Generation Comments – because – if you love silent films and early talkies – you'll love this.

If this film does have a fault – it lies in the film's not being quite able to make up its mind whether to be one of those wonderful screwball comedies of the 30's – or – something a bit more serious.

Watching actors/actresses who had survived the transition to talking films is always fascinating to me – and – we had our share here – with – Lowell Sherman being both actor and director.

The plot is simple and straightforward – as it should be – without becoming overly melodramatic or silly. Had the direction moved in either direction toward a screwball comedy – or – a drama – (perhaps) – the film might have been a tad bit better – but – all-in-all – it did manage to strike a nice balance between the two.

Some wonderful actors – many forgotten names – many of whom died young.

Not the type of film that will tug at your heartstrings – but – an enjoyable film none-the-less.

Highly recommend for old film buffs.


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