Smart Money (1931)

67 or 81 mins | Drama | 11 July 1931

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HISTORY

Hubbard and Jackson received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Story. Gladys Lloyd, who played the role of the cigar stand clerk, was the wife of Edward G. Robinson from the mid-1920s through 1956. Smart Money marked the feature film debut of prominent character actor Charles Lane (1905--2007). The bespectacled, aquiline-nosed Lane, who also acted under the name Charles Levinson Lane and Charles Levison, most often played curmudgeons, appearing in more than two hundred feature films and scores of television ... More Less

Hubbard and Jackson received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Story. Gladys Lloyd, who played the role of the cigar stand clerk, was the wife of Edward G. Robinson from the mid-1920s through 1956. Smart Money marked the feature film debut of prominent character actor Charles Lane (1905--2007). The bespectacled, aquiline-nosed Lane, who also acted under the name Charles Levinson Lane and Charles Levison, most often played curmudgeons, appearing in more than two hundred feature films and scores of television programs. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Jun 31
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
16 May 31
p. 34.
New York Times
19 Jun 31
p. 21.
Variety
23 Jun 31
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Scr, story and dial
Scr, story and dial
Scr, story and dial
Scr, story and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 July 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 June 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2277
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67 or 81
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Nick Venezelos, a Greek barber in a small town, is a lucky gambler who has a weakness for blondes. He has such a lucky reputation that his customers pool their resources to send him to a big poker game in the city. There, he is taken in by crooked gamblers and a deceptive blonde and loses his bankroll. He returns to barbering until he acquires a new bankroll. With the new money, he defeats the crooks, and soon his barber shop is a front for a successful gambling club. Despite the fact that he runs an honest game, the district attorney decides to put him out of business. After forcing Irene, a young woman befriended by Nick after she tried to commit suicide, to frame him in order to avoid being arrested for blackmail herself, the police arrest Nick. Prior to the arrest, Jack, Nick's friend from home, accuses Irene of framing Nick, and during the following fight, Nick accidentally kills Jack. The district attorney sends Nick to jail for manslaughter, but Nick, who is never down for long, bets the reporters that he will be out of jail before his sentence is ... +


Nick Venezelos, a Greek barber in a small town, is a lucky gambler who has a weakness for blondes. He has such a lucky reputation that his customers pool their resources to send him to a big poker game in the city. There, he is taken in by crooked gamblers and a deceptive blonde and loses his bankroll. He returns to barbering until he acquires a new bankroll. With the new money, he defeats the crooks, and soon his barber shop is a front for a successful gambling club. Despite the fact that he runs an honest game, the district attorney decides to put him out of business. After forcing Irene, a young woman befriended by Nick after she tried to commit suicide, to frame him in order to avoid being arrested for blackmail herself, the police arrest Nick. Prior to the arrest, Jack, Nick's friend from home, accuses Irene of framing Nick, and during the following fight, Nick accidentally kills Jack. The district attorney sends Nick to jail for manslaughter, but Nick, who is never down for long, bets the reporters that he will be out of jail before his sentence is up. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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