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Shooting Straight (1930)

Larry Sheldon is a gambler and during an argument he accidentally shoots a man. Fleeing he changes his identity, pretending to be a minister. Things are complicated when he meets a real preacher and falls in love with his daughter Doris.

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

J. Walter Ruben (screenplay), Barney A. Sarecky (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Dix ... Larry Sheldon aka Ted Walters
Mary Lawlor ... Doris Powell
James Neill ... Reverend Powell
Matthew Betz ... Ace Martin aka Ed Winters
George Cooper ... Chick
William Janney ... Tommy Powell
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Hagen
Clarence Wertz Clarence Wertz ... Stevens
Eddie Sturgis Eddie Sturgis ... Spike
Dick Curtis ... Butch (as Richard Curtis)
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Larry Sheldon is a gambler and during an argument he accidentally shoots a man. Fleeing he changes his identity, pretending to be a minister. Things are complicated when he meets a real preacher and falls in love with his daughter Doris.

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Dix at his best in a dramatic romance that will thrill woman, hearten men and gladden youngsters with the greatest fight ever screened. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead 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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A print of this film survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives. See more »

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New guise with past skills
13 May 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Richard Dix was one of those lucky players with a deep a resonant voice that easily made the transition to sound. Usually strong willed heroes occasionally he went over to the dark side. Here he kind of straddles the fence as a gambler on the run from the NYPD on a murder rap.

In a small whistle stop town he's mistaken for a well known reformer type and taken in by the local preacher James Neill. In his new guise but past skills, Dix turns out to be just the man to rid the small town of a bad element. He also wins the heart of Neill's daughter Mary Lawlor when he saves her from a fate worse than death. Her brother William Janney has run up some really big gambling debts in Matthew Betz's clip joint and Betz is willing to let Lawlor redeem them in kind if you get my drift. Very Victorian, the cad.

That Victorian type mindset that permeates this film plus a really bad and contrived cop out ending prevents Shooting Straight from being a great film. But it's reasonably entertaining.


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