Blood Money (1933 film)
|Directed by||Rowland Brown|
|Produced by||Darryl F. Zanuck|
Joseph M. Schenck (uncredited)
|Written by||Rowland Brown|
Hal Long (continuity)
Speed Kendall (uncredited)
|Music by||Alfred Newman|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Blood Money is a 1933 American Pre-Code crime drama film directed by Rowland Brown about a crooked bail bondsman named Bill Bailey, played by George Bancroft, with Chick Chandler as crime boss Drury Darling, Judith Anderson as Drury's sister and Bailey's lover, and Frances Dee as a thrill-seeking, larcenous beauty who fatefully catches Bailey's eye. The film was considered to be lost for nearly forty years before reappearing.
This marked the film debut of Anderson (better known for her next role, housekeeper Mrs. Danvers in the 1940 Rebecca).
- George Bancroft as Bill Bailey
- Frances Dee as Elaine Talbart
- Chick Chandler as Drury Darling
- Judith Anderson as Ruby Darling
- Blossom Seeley as Singer
- Etienne Girardot as Bail Bond Clerk
- George Regas as Charley
Dee, normally cast in wholesome roles, described Talbert in the 2002 Turner Classic Movies documentary Complicated Women as "... a rather weird character, to say the least. She was a kleptomaniac, a nymphomaniac, and anything in between."
New York Times critic Mordaunt Hall was unimpressed, writing, "This whimsical little tale of thievery, thuggery and attempted slaughter was mistaken for entertainment by Darryl Zanuck". He appreciated the skills of many of the actors, but thought the plot lacked logic and characterized the film overall as "flat stuff".
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