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A Very Honorable Guy (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 5 May 1934 (USA)
Well respected local good guy, Feet Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to ... See full summary »


Lloyd Bacon


Damon Runyon (by), Earl Baldwin (screen play)




Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... 'Feet' Samuels
Alice White ... Hortense
Robert Barrat ... Dr. Snitzer
Alan Dinehart ... The Brain
Irene Franklin ... Toodles
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Benny
Arthur Vinton ... Moon O'Hara
G. Pat Collins ... Red Hendrickson (as George Pat Collins)
Harold Huber ... Joe Ponzetti
James Donlan James Donlan ... Mr. O'Toole
Harry Warren ... Harry
Al Dubin Al Dubin ... Al


Well respected local good guy, Feet Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to an ambitious doctor who agrees to allow him one last month to live life to the fullest, then kill himself. Written by Silast

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As an UPRIGHT GUY he's a DOWNRIGHT HOWL....in this screamlined story by the author of "Lady For A Day!" (Print Ad- Rochester Evening Journal, ((Rochester NY)) 29 May 1934) See more »


Comedy | Crime | Romance


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This film makes mention of a restaurant named Mindy's and a night club called The Hot Box. Both of these places featured prominently in "Guys and Dolls", also written by Damon Runyan. See more »


'Feet' Samuels: Am I, am I losing you?
Hortense: Listen, Feet, you got nobody else to blame but yourself.
'Feet' Samuels: Well, what do you mean? Ain't you everything that I got in life?
Hortense: Yes, what have you got in life? Nothing!
'Feet' Samuels: Give me another chance. Just one more chance.
Hortense: From now on, things are gonna be different. When you get in a position to show me a material way that you love me and can bring up stockings and jewellery and stuff that other nice girls get, I might learn to like you again.
Hortense: [she open the door] I'm sorry, you have to hurry.
'Feet' Samuels: [...]
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By a Waterfall
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Sung briefly by Joe E. Brown and Hobart Cavanaugh
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Not all that funny but it is still a good little film
15 November 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"A Very Honorable Guy" is a very dark comedy--and very little in it is all that funny. Still, despite this, it was enjoyable mostly because it was such a strange film and a welcome change of pace for Joe E. Brown.

When the film begins, 'Feet' Samuels (Brown) is having a long run of very bad luck. He owes everyone and his life is on the skids. So, because he was so honest, instead of not paying off his bets he comes up with a bizarre solution--to offer his body to any scientist who wants it IF they give him $1000 so he can settle his affairs. In a weird twist, however, suddenly the guy has amazingly good luck- --so much that his life should be terrific. But, he STILL has a contract with Dr. Snitzer--and the local gambling boss has guaranteed that the contract WILL be honored!

As I mentioned, this is very dark. But the film was enjoyable and I liked its strangeness. Worth seeing and a bit better than usual for Brown.

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5 May 1934 (USA) See more »

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