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Blood Money (1933)

Bill Bailey is a Los Angeles bail bondsman who lives in a world of complete, casual corruption, where all he has to do is pick up the phone to get the charges against a client dismissed. He... See full summary »

Director:

Rowland Brown

Writers:

Rowland Brown, Hal Long (continuity)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Bancroft ... Bill Bailey
Judith Anderson ... Ruby Darling
Frances Dee ... Elaine Talbart
Chick Chandler ... Drury Darling
Blossom Seeley ... Singer
Etienne Girardot ... Bail Bond Clerk
George Regas ... Charley
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Storyline

Bill Bailey is a Los Angeles bail bondsman who lives in a world of complete, casual corruption, where all he has to do is pick up the phone to get the charges against a client dismissed. He falls in love with slumming socialite who bluntly and startlingly declares her sexual preferences with this immortal line: "If I could find a man who would be my master and give me a good thrashing, I'd follow him around like a dog on a leash."

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Sweeping aside all previous conceptions of what the screen can do! (Print Ad-The Milwaukee Sentinel,((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 6 December 1933) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La boule rouge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$238,591 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several people are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Frank Moran and Frank Austin (Laborers), Eugene Storm (Employment Manager), Edward Gargan and William L. Thorne (Men at Police Headquarters), Fred Kohler (Editor) and Hal Price (Cigar Clerk). A modern source also lists J. Carrol Naish as Charley (who was played by George Regas) and Paul Fix, but they also were not seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Elaine Talbart: Well, tell me more of your experiences.
Bill Bailey: Since I met you, I'm a little bit ashamed of my experiences.
Elaine Talbart: Have you had a lot of women in your life?
Bill Bailey: I'd rather not talk about other women just now.
Elaine Talbart: I'd have liked you better if you'd said it was none of my business.
Bill Bailey: Oh, no you wouldn't.
Elaine Talbart: Oh, yes, I would. I want a man who's my master; who isn't afraid of anybody in the world; who'd shoot the first man that looked at me.
Bill Bailey: You'd have been crazy about Al Capone!
Elaine Talbart: You think you're kidding.
Bill Bailey: Elaine, you need a ...
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Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnny
(1912) (uncredited)
Music by Bert Leighton and Frank Leighton
Played during the opening credits and often throughout the picture
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Blood Money is quite a thrilling film
5 February 2019 | by tavmSee all my reviews

When I looked at Nina Mae McKinney's filmography list on this site, it listed this movie as among her credits as "Rebecca, Ruby's maid". But the black woman playing such a maid-ID'd as Jessica, by the way-didn't look like her. So I looked at the TCM site link on Wikipedia for this movie and TCM ID'd Theresa Harris as playing in the movie as simply "maid". Since there's no other domestic servant in the film, I'm guessing that's indeed Ms. Harris. Anyway, this was quite a dramatically thrilling movie starring George Bancroft as bail bondsman Bill Bailey. He's mixed with thrill-seeking Frances Dee as Elaine Talbart, Judith Anderson's Ruby Darling, and Chick Chandler as her brother, Drury. This movie lacks a movie score which is probably to the pic's benefit. So that's a recommendation of Blood Money.


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