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The Tip-Off (1931)

Eddie Quillan falls in love with a gangster's girlfriend but avoids trouble when he becomes friends with Robert Armstrong and his girlfriend

Director:

Albert S. Rogell (as Albert Rogell)

Writers:

George Kibbe Turner (story), Earl Baldwin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Quillan ... Thomas 'Tommy' Jordan
Robert Armstrong ... Kayo McClure
Ginger Rogers ... Baby Face
Joan Peers ... Edna Moreno
Ralf Harolde ... Nick Vatelli
Mike Donlin ... Swanky Jones
Ernie Adams ... Slug McGee
Charles Sellon ... Pop Jackson
Helen Ainsworth ... Miss Ethel Waddums (as Cupid Ainsworth)
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Storyline

While on a job, cocky young radio repairman Tommy Jordan meets Baby Face, enticing (if dizzy) girlfriend of jealous boxer Kayo McClure. Fleeing Baby Face's flirtatious advances, Tommy jumps from the frying pan into the fire when he pursues Edna Merino, girlfriend of Kayo's gangster manager Nick Vatelli. Can Kayo save Tommy from being "rubbed out"? Or will fearful Baby Face hold Kayo back? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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This is station L-O-V-E

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eddie Cuts In See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The name of the restaurant where the wedding is to take place at the end is referred to in the dialogue as "Sarno's" but the sign on the restaurant says "Scarno's." See more »


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It's the Girl
Lyric David Oppengheim Music Abel Baer
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Hard to imagine Robert Armstrong as a boxer and Eddie Quillan as a tough guy!
12 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I'm not really sure why, but Eddie Quillan was a reasonably popular leading man back in the day. While he didn't make too many pictures for big-time studios, he had steady work for years...even though he seemed like a likable pipsqueak and not exactly leading man material. And, while none of his films were great, they were, for the most part, agreeable.

In "The Tip-Off", Tommy (Quillan) is a radio repairman who becomes good friends with a nice but dopey boxer, Kayo (Robert Armstrong). Kayo's girlfriend is Baby Face (Ginger Rogers) and the pair have taken Tommy under their wings. Because of that, when some gangsters have it out for Tommy because he was seen with a hood's girlfriend, Kayo wants to help. And, if someone doesn't do something, Tommy's about to become an ex-radio repairman!

This film ends very well and it surprised me. The savageness of the big fight scene was a bit shocking but well done. Overall, an enjoyable if slight movie.


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