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I Promise to Pay (1937)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 April 1937 (USA)
Eddie Lang (Chester Morris), a decent family man making $27.50 a week, borrows fifty-dollars from Richard Farra (Leo Carrillo) in order to take his wife, Mary (Helen Mack) and two small ... See full summary »

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Mary C. McCall Jr. (original screenplay), Lionel Houser (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chester Morris ... Eddie Lang
Leo Carrillo ... Richard Farra
Helen Mack ... Mary Lang
Thomas Mitchell ... District Attorney J.E. Curtis
Thurston Hall ... Police Captain Hall
John Gallaudet ... Al Morton - aka Johnson
Patsy O'Connor Patsy O'Connor ... Judy Lang
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... B.G. Wilson
James Flavin ... Bill Seaver
Edward Keane ... Mike Reardon
Harry Woods ... Henchman Fats
Henry Brandon ... Henchman Fancyface
Marc Lawrence ... Henchman Whitehat
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Storyline

Eddie Lang (Chester Morris), a decent family man making $27.50 a week, borrows fifty-dollars from Richard Farra (Leo Carrillo) in order to take his wife, Mary (Helen Mack) and two small children on a vacation. He soon finds himself in the merciless clutches of Marra and his loan-shark gang. In desperation he tells his story to the district attorney, J.E.Curtis (Thomas Mitchell)--only to be shot down on the steps of the Hall of Justice. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

EXPOSING THE LOAN SHARK RACKET! (original lobby card - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

City People See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chester Morris and John Gallaudet walk past a movie theater showing Counterfeit (1936), a Columbia film of the preceding year in which they both appeared. See more »

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It's the chemistry
3 November 2009 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

I think I watched this film for Helen Mack. I had just seen her in "Girls of the Road" and her performance stood out in that mediocre attempt. What struck me was the chemistry between her and her co-star, Chester Morris. Their portrayal of a married couple still in love after eight years was so genuine I felt drawn in to their lives, felt their misery and disappointments, and sympathized with the gut wrenching decisions they had to make on a daily basis regarding the basic necessities of life. Yet in spite of their hard lives, or perhaps because of them, they stayed devoted to each other and very much connected. Whenever they were on screen the chemistry between them was unmistakable. They made me believe they really loved each other and that's what I found unusual. The rest of the movie is OK. Leo Carillo is a standout as the loan shark but the plot follows a more or less predictable path to a predictable ending. If it weren't for the scenes with Mack and Morris it would be entirely forgettable.


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