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Bad Boy (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 October 1935 (USA)
Poolroom ace Eddie marries his girlfriend Sally but can't find work so he sends her back to her family. Things improve after he catches some crooks.


John G. Blystone (as John Blystone)


Viña Delmar (story) (as Vina Delmar), Allen Rivkin (screen play)


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Complete credited cast:
James Dunn ... Eddie Nolan
Dorothy Wilson ... Sally Larkin
Louise Fazenda ... Mrs. Harris - Landlady
Victor Kilian ... Sid
John Wray ... Fred Larkin
Luis Alberni ... Tony
Beulah Bondi ... Mrs. Larkin
Allen Vincent ... Bob Carey


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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their announced character names): Irving Bacon (Butcher), Margaret Bloodgood (Irish Woman), Anne O'Neal (Mrs. Weise), Samuel E. Hines (Husband), Betty Farrington (Wife), Esther Michelson (Jewish Woman), Mariska Aldrich (German Woman), Edna Bennett (Saleswoman), Ann Doran (Telegraph Clerk), Frank Moran (Detective Jake), 'West Virginia Ramblers' (Hillbilly Act) and Jerry Mandy (Greek Counterman). A New York Times reviewer wrote "A victim of the cutting room and other departments, 'Bad Boy' seems to have been manufactured in a terrible hurry." See more »


After leaving his apartment in the first scene, Eddie's coat is unbuttoned. As he's coming downstairs, his vest is buttoned and pocket watch is in place. See more »


When You and I Were Young, Maggie
(1866) (uncredited)
Music by J.A. Butterfield
Played on many instruments by Bob Witt
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As I Live and Breathe
4 March 2019 | by kidbootsSee all my reviews

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 way.

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 disappoint!!

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English | Italian

Release Date:

25 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Aparências Enganam See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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