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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

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(as Albert Rogell)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Thomas 'Tommy' Jordan
... Kayo McClure
... Baby Face
... Edna Moreno
... Nick Vatelli
... Swanky Jones
... Slug McGee
... Pop Jackson
... Miss Ethel Waddums (as Cupid Ainsworth)
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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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16 October 1931 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Surrender Dear
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Gordon Clifford
Music by Harry Barris
Lip-synched by Eddie Quillan
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Early Ginger in a Crime Comedy
16 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Ginger Rogers was quite young when she acted in this film, but she already had two years of film experience under her belt. Here, she plays Babyface, girlfriend of a boxer named Kayo (played by Robert Armstrong) who is the extremely jealous type.

The film's protagonist is Tommy Jordan (Eddie Quillan), a likable guy who repairs radios for a living. Babyface seems interested in Tommy, but he wants to steer clear of her, fearing Kayo's wrath. Kayo actually takes him under his wing in a protective sense.

Tommy has the questionable luck to fall in love with Edna (Joan Peers) who is the reluctant object of Nick Vatalle's (Ralf Harolde) affection. Nick is a fight manager and all-around thug.

Near the end of the film, when you think they are going to lay a moral on you about the big city or crime and prohibition, everything turns out jake. But we kind of knew that, because this film is more comedy than crime.

This group of actors is fun to watch. Recommended viewing for fans of Ginger Rogers especially.


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