Eddie Nolan is a good-hearted layabout who scrounges a living as a pool shark. He wants to marry his girl Sally, but without a respectable job, he can't. Things are made worse when Eddie hustles a man who turns out to be Sally's father. When some gangsters put the squeeze on, Eddie and Sally try to save the day.Written by
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James Dunn, the breezy actor with a sensitive core shot to fame in
Vina Delmar's "Bad Girl", the poignant tale of two youngsters trying
to make a go of marriage and life in the teeming tenements of New
York - he was a sensation. Five years later he was back as a "bad boy"
in another of Delmar's heart tugging but gritty stories. Vina and Jimmy
were a perfect combination. The film starts on a high as Eddie Nolan
(Dunn) gives a terrific display of billiard prowess with the quips coming
thick and fast - "when girls fall for me they break their ankles"!!
Unfortunately his confidence takes a dive quickly - he loves Sally (was
there ever a sweeter actress than Dorothy Wilson) but she is too
ashamed to introduce him to her parents (Beulah Bondi, John Wray)
because of his jobless situation. When a job does arrive and he is
introduced to them, it's only to find that her father is his old pool room
nemesis and her mother is not above taking "bad turns" to get her own
Obviously not as stylish or good a movie as the original "Bad Girl", James
Dunn is always a treat to watch, you can laugh at his lightheartedness
but within minutes your heart can be torn because of his emotion and
for once the girl is a real booster, she has so much belief in him when a
lot of the time he doesn't!! There 's only one down side - it would have
been nice to hear Dunn sing "As I Live and Breathe" at least once all the
way through - several times during
the movie he starts it off in his beautiful tenor voice then finishes off
humming!! At the last moment he begs to be put on a local amateur
hour but after a few lines he suffers from mike fright and is gonged!!
A very nice movie that I remember from my younger days and it didn't
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