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


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Film debut of Judith Anderson. 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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Connections

Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

On San Francisco Bay
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Gertrude Hoffman
Lyrics by Vincent Bryan
Performed by Blossom Seeley
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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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