Bad Company (1931 film)
|Directed by||Tay Garnett|
|Produced by||Charles R. Rogers
Harry Joe Brown
|Written by||Jack Lait (novel)
|Cinematography||Arthur C. Miller|
|Distributed by||RKO Pathé|
|Running time||76 minutes|
Bad Company is a 1931 gangster film directed and co-written by Tay Garnett with Tom Buckingham based on Jack Lait's 1930 novel Put on the Spot. It stars Helen Twelvetrees and Ricardo Cortez. Told from the view of a woman, the working titles of this film were The Gangster's Wife and The Mad Marriage. Unlike many static early sound films, Garnett includes several scenes using a moving camera climaxing in a gigantic assault on an office building with both sides using heavy machine guns.
Rich and beautiful Helen King is about to marry Steve Carlyle, a wealthy young professional. Unknown to Helen and her family, Steve is a legal advisor to a megalomaniac gangster Goldie Gorio. Steve wishes to leave the rackets but Goldie reintroduces him to his future father-in-law, a rival gangster where both parties see the marriage as a symbol of peace and an end of violence in their transactions. Steve remains with Goldie and fills in for him to a visit to a rival gangster's boat where he is ambushed and nearly killed by their machine gun. Helen vows revenge on Goldie.
Helen Twelvetrees ... Helen King Carlyle
Ricardo Cortez ... Goldie Gorio
John Garrick ... Steve Carlyle
Paul Hurst ... Goldie's Butler
Frank Conroy ... Markham King
Harry Carey ... McBaine
Frank McHugh ... Doc
Kenneth Thomson ... Barnes
Edgar Kennedy ... Doorman
- "Bad Company: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
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