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Tight Shoes (1941)

A crook with big feet buys shoes that are too tight, then decides to use the shoe store as a front for illegal gambling.


Albert S. Rogell


Art Arthur (screenplay), Damon Runyon (story) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
John Howard ... Jimmy Rupert
Binnie Barnes ... Sybil Ash
Broderick Crawford ... Speedy Miller
Anne Gwynne ... Ruth
Leo Carrillo ... Amalfi
Samuel S. Hinds ... Horace Grover, 'the Brain'
Shemp Howard ... Okay
Richard Lane ... Allan McGrath
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Rupert
Edward Gargan ... Blooch
Selmer Jackson ... Larry - District Attorney
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Honest John Beebe
Tom Dugan ... Professor D


A crook with big feet buys shoes that are too tight, then decides to use the shoe store as a front for illegal gambling.

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Professor D: [reading tip sheets] Feet First - Left over from Custer's last stand. Well, I'll see what Eye-in-the-Sky has to say, he's generally pretty good at those sort of things. Yeah, here it is: Feet First - should wear a tail-light, might come in after dark. I'll see what Herman the Horseman says. He's my four star special. Herman the Horseman says, yeah, right here: Feet First - looks like a horse, eats like a horse, smells like a horse. Runs like a duck.
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Superb early Damon Runyon film, very witty
31 July 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is a forgotten gem. There were several Damon Runyon stories filmed long after this which were not as good movies as this one. The script by Leonard Spigelgass is excellent. I actually met him, and he knew and understood the world of Runyon perfectly, and you could not find a better script writer to bring it alive in just the right way, with the perfect balance that Runyon required to avoid over-sentimentality and never allow outright silliness. There are some wonderful lines and hilarious exchanges: 'Do you think you could give the bride away?' 'What do you think I am, a stoolie?' 'I meant at the altar.' Slightly out of place as the 'hero' of the piece is John Howard, who had just made seven Bulldog Drummond movies and had trouble lightening up with all the wackoes like Binnie Barnes and Broderick Crawford wisecracking and slugging each other all round him. He may not have realized that all the black eyes were meant to be funny, and although he was intended to play an earnest straight man who smashes gambling dens with a fire axe, his mother in the film was not all wrong when she said during the fight before the wedding: 'Do you think he's brought his axe with him?' The film is all charm, but not froth. This is serious comedy by real professionals. Somebody should release it, and not let it continue to grow mouldy on late night television in the dark.

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13 June 1941 (USA) See more »

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Polisen kommer!!! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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