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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 »

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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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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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A PICTURE AS RUTHLESS AS THE MEN IT DARES TO EXPOSE.... (Print Ad- The Daily Argus,((Mount Vernon, NY)) 3 January 1934) See more »


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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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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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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

Bill Bailey: The only difference between a liberal and a conservative man is, that a liberal recognizes the existence of vice and controls it, while a conservative just turns his back and pretends it doesn't exist.
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Soundtracks

On San Francisco Bay
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Gertrude Hoffman
Lyrics by Vincent Bryan
Performed by Blossom Seeley
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Decent
27 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Blood Money (1933)

** (out of 4)

Early Pre-Code from Fox has George Bancroft playing a dirty bail bondsman who gets caught up with a rich girl (Frances Dee) who can't seem to stay out of trouble. I had read several good reviews of this film, which compared it to the fast Pre-Codes of Warner but I found this 65-minute drama pretty boring from start to finish. Bancroft gives his best Cagney impersonation but doesn't add anything to the character. He's neither cool, stylish or tough. The most interesting aspect is seeing Dee play a bad girl, which I guess we'd compare to Paris Hilton today. Dee usually played the good girl so it's nice seeing her doing something different. The film has some pretty rough dialogue, which includes two different times where Bancroft is called homosexual terms including a "fag". The ending also rips off Keaton's Sherlock Jr. with an explosive cue ball, which is just downright stupid here.


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