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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 »

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Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

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

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
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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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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Very Honourable Guy See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Featured in Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades (2006) See more »

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Out for No Good
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played at the Sphinx Club
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A Very Forgettable Movie
17 January 2003 | by SchlockmeisterSee all my reviews

The general impression I have of this movie is that it has a good cast but they are undercut by a script that seems wooden. As actors they either flew through this one without a second thought about it or they knew going in that the script was weak.

But they script has fun moments, enough to make this movie watchable, but it certainaly won't be one you will add to your list of favorites.

Some minor trivia on this movie, in the scene that shows a gossip column mention of Feet's attempt to sell his body to science, the by-line is by "Waldo Witchem", a sly take-off on real-life columnist Walter Winchell, who was a good friend of Damon Runyan, the man whos story this movie is based on. Winchell's name is mentioned in a few movies based on Runyon's stories. Alice White, who plays love interest Hortense was fresh from a major sex scandal that threatened her career. This movie was a come back attempt.

The story, as is the script is light. Feet Samuels is an honest man who loves to gamble. He ends of owing local mob boss, "The Brain" money and decides to sell his body to science to pay off his debt and also to impress his girl with material things. A mad doctor takes him up on the deal and in a month, Feet is to take a pill to end his life. Right after he makes the deal, his luck changes tremendously and he find himself in the predicament of going back on his word to the doctor and also the mob boss who underwrote his deal.

Again, this movie won't show up on any favorites list, but there are worse ways to waste an hour than by watching this.


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