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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.

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Rowland Brown

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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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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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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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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Movie debut of Leon Ames. See more »

Quotes

Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond: If you listen to me, you sucker, you're going to be doing all right.
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Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnny
Played by pianist at party
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Better the second time around
14 December 2006 | by ROCKY-19See all my reviews

"Quick Millions" is a shadow of better gangster films made the same year (Public Enemy and Little Caesar) but for all its awkwardness it grows with the viewing and is better the second time around.

Aesthetically, it is not an important film and explores only familiar territory. Still, there are unexpected delicious moments. The studio seemed to be trying to make Spencer Tracy into James Cagney with this turn as a racketeer trying to class himself up.

In film history, "Quick Millions" is important. It was Tracy's first starring role, and he needed it badly. It's not a common character for him and yet his skills at underplaying are clear and marvelous. For George Raft, who looks totally GQ in his every scene, this film was the direct reason he landed a similar henchman role in the terrific "Scarface," which proved to be his breakthrough. It also got him his contract with Paramount. Despite a rough beginning, Tracy and Raft became good friends while filming "Quick Millions." It's an interesting aspect, almost an unconscious battle of screen chemistry. Just try to keep your eyes off Raft doing absolutely nothing in the background except shifting his weight while you're supposed to be paying attention to Tracy's important dialogue with other characters.

What works: Great lighting direction during the holdup at the "testimonial dinner." Focus on Raft's legs while dancing at a party, which initially seems to be just showing off his deft moves but in fact is leading up to the next time we see his legs in a brilliantly shot murder scene. Surprising musical interludes. Tracy incorrigible and so believable in carrying the film.

What does not work: Ham-fisted camera work - even in '31 cinematography was advanced beyond this clumsiness. Long-winded anti-racketeering speeches. While dialogue is often sharp, the storytelling leaves gaps.

And watch out for a flip of the bird.


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