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The Best Man Wins (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 15 January 1935 (USA)
A diver saves his best friend's life but loses his own arm in doing so. Later, unable to find work because of his missing arm, he is forced to go to work for a criminal searching for lost ... See full summary »

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Erle C. Kenton (as Erle Kenton)

Writers:

Ben Grauman Kohn (story "Mud Turtle") (as Ben G. Kohn), Ethel Hill (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edmund Lowe ... Toby Warren
Jack Holt ... Nick Roberts
Bela Lugosi ... Doc Boehm
Florence Rice ... Ann Barry
Forrester Harvey ... Harry
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Captain--Harbor Patrol
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A diver saves his best friend's life but loses his own arm in doing so. Later, unable to find work because of his missing arm, he is forced to go to work for a criminal searching for lost treasures. Meanwhile his friend, who has since become a policeman, finds himself assigned to break up the crook's operation and bring in his gang--including the man who saved his life. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Two Sea-Divers at Odds Over Their Work...and Over a Blonde (Print Ad- Evening Star, ((Washington DC)) 25 January 1935)

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Below the Depths See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shooting began late October 1934. Bela Lugosi immediately followed this with Monogram's The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934), which was completed in November 1934. Both films saw release in January 1935. See more »

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What choice did Toby have?
14 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, there is an accident and Nick (Jack Holt) is nearly killed while diving to unsnare the ship's anchor. In the process of saving him, fellow diver Toby (Edmund Lowe) ends up losing his arm! After this, Toby finds he's unable to find work and is flat broke and hungry. Then he learns of some crooks who will hire him for some very lucrative dives...no questions asked. Now, however, this puts him on a collision course with Nick, as Nick now works for the harbor police.

When you watch this film, it is incredible to see that back in the 1930s, if you got maimed on the job there wasn't a lot of recourse other than to starve. Given this, it's easy to see why Toby gave in for the easy money. Overall, a decent film and a chance to see Bela Lugosi play a real mean character! Nothing brilliant here...just brisk entertainment.


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