The Pay Off (1930)

65 mins | Melodrama | 15 October 1930

Director:

Lowell Sherman

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Rose Smith

Production Designer:

Max Rée

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The screen adaptation of Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer’s 1927 play, Crime, initially retained that title. However, the Motion Picture Production Code refused permission to RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., to use the title Crime. The film was briefly renamed The Losing Game before a final change to The Pay Off, announced in the 13 September 1930 [Brooklyn, NY] Standard Union.
       Filming took place circa August 1930. An item in the 20 September 1930 Inside Facts of Stage and Screen reported that cutting and editing of the picture were nearly finished. Theatrical release occurred the following month, on 15 October 1930.
       A news brief in the 13 September 1930 issue of Inside Facts of Stage and Screen claimed that actor-director Lowell Sherman performed in blackface in this film. ...

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The screen adaptation of Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer’s 1927 play, Crime, initially retained that title. However, the Motion Picture Production Code refused permission to RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., to use the title Crime. The film was briefly renamed The Losing Game before a final change to The Pay Off, announced in the 13 September 1930 [Brooklyn, NY] Standard Union.
       Filming took place circa August 1930. An item in the 20 September 1930 Inside Facts of Stage and Screen reported that cutting and editing of the picture were nearly finished. Theatrical release occurred the following month, on 15 October 1930.
       A news brief in the 13 September 1930 issue of Inside Facts of Stage and Screen claimed that actor-director Lowell Sherman performed in blackface in this film.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
1 Aug 1930
p. 4
Film Daily
20 Jul 1930
p. 4
Film Daily
14 Sep 1930
p. 4
Film Daily
16 Nov 1930
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Inside Facts of Stage and Screen
13 Sep 1930
p. 6
Inside Facts of Stage and Screen
20 Sep 1930
p. 2
Los Angeles Times
11 Oct 1930
Section A, p. 7
New York Times
10 Nov 1930
p. 16
Palladium-Item [Richmond, IN]
30 Oct 1930
p. 8
Standard Union [Brooklyn, NY]
13 Sep 1930
p. 7
Variety
12 Nov 1930
p. 32
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Crime by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer (New York, 22 Feb 1927).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Crime
The Losing Game
The Pay-Off
Release Date:
15 October 1930
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: week of 11 Oct 1930
Production Date:
ca. Aug 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
15 October 1930
LP1677
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
6,930
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Annabelle and Tommy, engaged to be married, are robbed by a gang of thieves headed by Gene Fenmore. Tommy recognizes Rocky, a younger member of the gang, and with Annabelle attempts to rob Rocky and some of his cohorts; however, they are foiled, and Fenmore decides to give them jobs working for him. Against Fenmore's orders, Rocky induces Tommy and Annabelle to join them in a holdup; Rocky kills a shopowner, and the young couple are caught and arrested for the crime. In order to clear them, Fenmore confesses to having planned the robbery, then brings Rocky to task for his ruse; in the ensuing melee, Rocky is killed and Fenmore's gang turns against ...

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Annabelle and Tommy, engaged to be married, are robbed by a gang of thieves headed by Gene Fenmore. Tommy recognizes Rocky, a younger member of the gang, and with Annabelle attempts to rob Rocky and some of his cohorts; however, they are foiled, and Fenmore decides to give them jobs working for him. Against Fenmore's orders, Rocky induces Tommy and Annabelle to join them in a holdup; Rocky kills a shopowner, and the young couple are caught and arrested for the crime. In order to clear them, Fenmore confesses to having planned the robbery, then brings Rocky to task for his ruse; in the ensuing melee, Rocky is killed and Fenmore's gang turns against him.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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