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Bad Company (1931)

Ricardo Cortez plays a ruthless, near-psychotic gangster who withal follows his own code of honor. Helen Twelvetrees co-stars as a trusting young woman who marries mob lawyer John Garrick, ... See full summary »

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Tay Garnett

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Jack Lait (novel), Tom Buckingham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Twelvetrees ... Helen King Carlyle
Ricardo Cortez ... Goldie Gorio
John Garrick ... Steve Carlyle
Paul Hurst ... Goldie's Butler
Frank Conroy ... Markham King
Frank McHugh ... Doc - Henchman
Kenneth Thomson ... Barnes - Henchman
Arthur Stone ... Dummy - Henchman
Emma Dunn ... Emma
William V. Mong ... Henry
Wade Boteler ... Monk - Henchman
Al Herman Al Herman ... Pearson - Gangster
Harry Carey ... McBaine
Edgar Kennedy ... Buffington - Doorman
Mike Donlin ... Joe - Elevator Operator
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Ricardo Cortez plays a ruthless, near-psychotic gangster who withal follows his own code of honor. Helen Twelvetrees co-stars as a trusting young woman who marries mob lawyer John Garrick, never dreaming that both her husband and her brother Frank Conroy are involved in the rackets. When she does learn the horrible truth, it is she who determines to "cleanse" her family of the tinge of crime by dealing directly with Cortez-and we mean directly.

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A Typical Daughter of To-day- Whose Search for Love Leads Her Recklessly Down the Beaten Path! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 31 December 1931)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gangster's Wife See more »

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Pick it up!
9 March 2019 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Helen Twelvetrees (Helen) marries John Garrick (Steve) but is unaware of his criminal activities. She is also ignorant of the involvement of her brother Frank Conroy (Markham) in the same gang. By marrying Garrick, she unknowingly becomes part of the plans of psycho gang boss Richard Cortez (Goldie). She gradually works things out about her husband and we get a body count.

Whilst the film has scenes that can go on for a little too long as well as being slightly confusing as to what is going on at the beginning, the film does have certain sequences that are memorable after it has finished. And it is this that has just about rescued it from being thrown away as just another time passer. Cortez makes a dangerous and interesting bad guy who is only in life for self-interest. He even has a bust of himself on his desk. Ha ha. Psycho alert! And his HQ has a cool hidden area where a machine gunner is permanently situated on lobby kill duties. Walk in through the lobby - game over. A sequence that sticks in the memory is when Conroy's gang confronts Cortez at this building and go upstairs into his office for a showdown. How on earth are they going to get out of that one? I wouldn't suggest calling him names!


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