Bad Company (1931 film)
Theatrical poster for film
|Directed by||Tay Garnett|
|Produced by||Charles R. Rogers|
Harry Joe Brown
|Written by||Jack Lait (novel)|
|Music by||Arthur Lange|
|Cinematography||Arthur C. Miller|
|Edited by||Claude Berkeley|
|Distributed by||RKO Pathé|
Bad Company is a 1931 American pre-Code 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
- 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
- Arthur Stone ... Dummy
- Emma Dunn ... Emma
- William V. Mong ... Henry
- Edgar Kennedy ... Buffington
- "Bad Company: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 22, 2014.
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