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Quick Millions (1931)

Truck driver Bugs Raymond organizes the trucking associations and takes protection money. Now rich, he decides to marry socialite Dorothy Stone. She rejects him for another, so he makes plans to kidnap her on her wedding day.

Director:

Rowland Brown

Writers:

Rowland Brown (screenplay), Rowland Brown (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond
Marguerite Churchill ... Dorothy Stone
Sally Eilers ... Daisy De Lisle
Bob Burns ... 'Arkansas' Smith (as Robert Burns)
John Wray ... Kenneth Stone
Warner Richmond ... 'Nails' Markey
George Raft ... Jimmy Kirk
John Swor John Swor ... Contractor
Leon Ames ... Hood (as Leon Waycoff)
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Storyline

Truck driver Bugs Raymond organizes the trucking associations and takes protection money. Now rich, he decides to marry socialite Dorothy Stone. She rejects him for another, so he makes plans to kidnap her on her wedding day.

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Taglines:

The inside story of a 1931 racketeer-too smart to steal, too lazy to work- who made millions by making suckers of a million people- till love made a sucker of him! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 16 April 1931)

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fortunes rapides See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Movie debut of Leon Ames. See more »

Quotes

Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond: What difference does it make... Whether laws are made by a bunch of lawyers for other lawyers to break, or whether they're made by hoodlums for other hoodlums. They're all man-made laws.
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Referenced in Railroaded! (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnny
Played by pianist at party
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Quickly established Tracy as a screen presence.
19 April 2000 | by kartraboSee all my reviews

Joining the other major studios during the early thirties in producing hardhitting gangster melodramas, Fox rushed their newest contract star into his second film. In Quick Millions Spencer Tracy plays a truckdriver who is just a bit more clever than his comrades and desires the easy life.In short order he sets about organizing the other city truckers and eventually eases out the racketeers until he, himself, becomes the labor boss to be reckoned with. Along the way to success Tracy's character begins to undergo changes and his desires ever grander.Sally Eilers, his faithful girl is shunted aside for the favors of society beauty Marguerite Churchill; fellow racketeers and pals begin to suspect his ability to lead and of course numerous enemies are plotting his downfall.

The action of the film does not rely so much upon shocking rub-outs (the way Little Caesar and Scarface had the same year) but the gradual degeneration of Tracy's morality and relationships. The picture was successful enough to quickly establish Tracy as a strong screen presence and won plaudits for first-time director Rowland Brown. Warner Richmond is great as Tracy's nemesis as are George Raft and Bob Burns(not so lovable in this one). Watch for Ward Bond and Edgar Kennedy.

See this wonderful gem when you can but, remember like so many early Fox films before 1935, it's tough to find.


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