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The Payoff (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 9 November 1935 (USA)
Joe is a reporter who is looking for his big break and he gets it when he takes over George Gorman's sports column. Marty is a hood who would fix any sporting event he could and Joe keeps ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Joe McCoy
... Maxine
... Connie
... Marty
... Harvey
... Jimmy
... George Gorman
... Beetles Davis
... Mike
... Nick
George Humbert ... Hotel Clerk
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Joe is a reporter who is looking for his big break and he gets it when he takes over George Gorman's sports column. Marty is a hood who would fix any sporting event he could and Joe keeps the pressure of the paper on him. His wife Maxine, however, wants only the finer things in life and when Joe is on the road, she becomes Marty's Gal. That and the money that she owes Marty ends Joe's career as a New York Register columnist and starts his new career as a drunk. But Connie, who has had a crush on Joe for years, will try to make him the reporter he once was. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Crime | Drama | Romance | Sport

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9 November 1935 (USA)  »

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The Real McCoy  »

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The $1500 Maxine spends on the new apartment is the equivalent of over $26,000 in 2016. The $5400 she racks up in IOUs would be the equivalent of almost $94,000 in 2016. See more »

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Featured in Breakdowns of 1936 (1936) See more »

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Sweet and Slow
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as dance music at a nightclub
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A tough little movie with a great actor

James Dunn has a built-in audience. I guess he did when this movie came out. I mean, though, an audience of people who loved him in his most famous role, which came a decade later.

His portrayal of the father in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" is unforgettable. Off the top of my head, when I think of well deserved supporting Oscars I think of him, of Martin Landau for "Ed Wood," and of the magnificent Mary Astor for "The Great Lie." As an aside, I wonder what has happened to "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn." It used to turn up on local TV and in revival theaters and then on cable. But I haven't seen in it years. Nor do I know of a DVD release, though maybe I've missed it.

Here he is a young man given the chance to become sports writer for a major newspaper. (The movie seems to take place in New York City.) He is married to Claire Dodd, a fine actress here playing a truly awful person. His colleague Patricia Ellis is interested, too, but he has eyes only for his acquisitive and cruel wife.

Gangsters are involved. No more of the plot. It's well directed by Robert Florey and acted to perfection. And we're right there, rooting for James Dunn,through thick and thin.


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