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Blood Money (1933)

Bill Bailey is a Los Angeles bail bondsman who lives in a world of complete, casual corruption, where all he has to do is pick up the phone to get the charges against a client dismissed. He... See full summary »

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Rowland Brown

Writers:

Rowland Brown, Hal Long (continuity)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Bancroft ... Bill Bailey
Judith Anderson ... Ruby Darling
Frances Dee ... Elaine Talbart
Chick Chandler ... Drury Darling
Blossom Seeley ... Singer
Etienne Girardot ... Bail Bond Clerk
George Regas ... Charley
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Bill Bailey is a Los Angeles bail bondsman who lives in a world of complete, casual corruption, where all he has to do is pick up the phone to get the charges against a client dismissed. He falls in love with slumming socialite who bluntly and startlingly declares her sexual preferences with this immortal line: "If I could find a man who would be my master and give me a good thrashing, I'd follow him around like a dog on a leash."

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Sweeping aside all previous conceptions of what the screen can do! (Print Ad-The Milwaukee Sentinel,((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 6 December 1933) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La boule rouge See more »

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Budget:

$238,591 (estimated)
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20th Century Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several people are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Frank Moran and Frank Austin (Laborers), Eugene Storm (Employment Manager), Edward Gargan and William L. Thorne (Men at Police Headquarters), Fred Kohler (Editor) and Hal Price (Cigar Clerk). A modern source also lists J. Carrol Naish as Charley (who was played by George Regas) and Paul Fix, but they also were not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The second paragraph of a newspaper story of a bank robbery has nothing to do with the crime. It begins, "It is obvious that such a bill, in order to be successful," and is about pending legislation. See more »

Quotes

Elaine Talbart: Well, tell me more of your experiences.
Bill Bailey: Since I met you, I'm a little bit ashamed of my experiences.
Elaine Talbart: Have you had a lot of women in your life?
Bill Bailey: I'd rather not talk about other women just now.
Elaine Talbart: I'd have liked you better if you'd said it was none of my business.
Bill Bailey: Oh, no you wouldn't.
Elaine Talbart: Oh, yes, I would. I want a man who's my master; who isn't afraid of anybody in the world; who'd shoot the first man that looked at me.
Bill Bailey: You'd have been crazy about Al Capone!
Elaine Talbart: You think you're kidding.
Bill Bailey: Elaine, you need a ...
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Soundtracks

My Melancholy Baby
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Ernie Burnett
Lyrics by George A. Norton
Performed by Blossom Seeley
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Who says crime doesn't pay?
11 December 2006 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

One of the most interesting of the Fox pre-code talkies, for several reasons: 1) It has nice girl Frances Dee as a perverse and masochistic society miss, snarling and hip-shaking and shocking the elite. 2) It has Judith Anderson, in a swell backless evening gown, playing a moll, against-the-grain casting of the most inspired sort, even if the movie never explains her high-tone Brit accent vs. her brother's American Midwest elongated vowels. (She also played a gangster years later in "Lady Scarface," but it's a much less interesting film.) 3) You get to see Blossom Seeley, the great vaudevillian, sob a couple of torch songs, and she's the real thing. 4), and most fascinatingly: George Bancroft plays a no- better-than-he-should-be bail bondsman who works both sides of the street and is terribly corrupt, yet the movie likes him, we like him, and he doesn't have to repent for it. It's lively and violent and funny, and, unlike so many Fox early talkies, it has the fast pace of a good Paramount or Warners flick from the same period.


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