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Bad Guy (1937)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 27 August 1937 (USA)
"Lucky" Walden is a power lineman-turned-criminal. He is due to go to the electric chair, which he helps prison electricians wire correctly, when his sentence is commuted for an act of ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

Writers:

Earl Felton (screen play), Harry Ruskin (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruce Cabot ... John 'Lucky' Walden
Virginia Grey ... Kitty Ryan
Edward Norris ... Steve Carroll
Jean Chatburn ... Betty Ryan
Cliff Edwards ... 'Hi-Line'
Charley Grapewin ... Dan Gray
Warren Hymer ... 'Shorty'
John Hamilton ... Warden Summers
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Bronson
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"Lucky" Walden is a power lineman-turned-criminal. He is due to go to the electric chair, which he helps prison electricians wire correctly, when his sentence is commuted for an act of heroism. But he finds the wrong side of the law more attractive, and returns to his nefarious ways. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Lightning See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcasts in Altoona PA Wednesday 15 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and in Chicago Friday 17 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Los Angeles Thursday 23 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Seattle it first aired 1 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Syracuse NY 9 September 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Miami 16 September 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Norfolk VA 18 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Baltimore 2 January 1958 on WJZ (Channel 13), and in Philadelphia 14 April 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6); it finally reached San Francisco 24 December 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and New York City 5 September 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Not a Bad Movie
10 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Bruce Cabot winds up in prison, gets paroled, plays rough as a line man in this MGM programmer.

The direction by Edward Cahn is mostly adequate visually, but weak in terms of line reading -- Virginia Grey, as the girl Cabot and his brother, Edward Norris both want is poor, seemingly more interested in her enunciation than her feelings. It also appears that the human side of the story was so short that they had to cut in half a reel or more of Norris attending a lecture on high voltage, so the audience can be fascinated by images of electricity ladders. Because I saw such things in grade school, I wasn't.

There's a potentially interesting character study of a guy who actually doesn't feel any fear, but the powers-that-be were either incapable of or unwilling to offer such a story. Instead it turns into a straight melodrama, diverting for an hour, but not much more.


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