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Paid (1930)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 30 December 1930 (USA)
Mary Turner goes up for three years on a crime she didn't commit. Once out she and former prison mates plan a scam in which old men can be sued for breach of promise - the "heart balm" ... See full summary »

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Sam Wood

Writers:

Bayard Veiller (play), Lucien Hubbard (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Mary Turner
Robert Armstrong ... Joe Garson
Marie Prevost ... Agnes Lynch
Douglass Montgomery ... Bob Gilder (as Kent Douglass)
John Miljan ... Inspector Burke
Purnell Pratt ... Edward Gilder (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Hale Hamilton ... District Attorney Demarest
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Police Sergeant Cassidy (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Tyrell Davis ... Eddie Griggs (as Tyrrell Davis)
William Bakewell ... Carney
George Cooper ... Red
Gwen Lee ... Bertha
Isabel Withers Isabel Withers ... Helen Morris (scenes deleted)
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Mary Turner goes up for three years on a crime she didn't commit. Once out she and former prison mates plan a scam in which old men can be sued for breach of promise - the "heart balm" racket. After plotting verious ways to get back at the men who set her up initially, she softens and settles down. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Three full years in prison for a crime she didn't commit- Do you wonder she wanted revenge? (Print Ad-Turtle Mountain Star,((Rolla, N.D.)) 4 June 1931)

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Within the Law See more »

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Budget:

$355,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The lead role was commissioned for Norma Shearer but she had to withdraw owing to pregnancy. See more »

Quotes

Bob Gilder: You make a vivid impression on a boy. My baby angel.
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Remade as Broadway Television Theatre: Within the Law (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung by Marie Prevost
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A moll that guzzles is a moll that gabs
4 January 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Joan Crawford plays a woman wrongfully convicted of theft and sentenced to prison. She vows revenge on her former boss who accused her and the prosecutor who was so harsh. Total misfire that could have been a great film. The first few scenes, where Crawford is sentenced and enters prison, are powerful. But instead of spending any time with the prison, the movie skips ahead to after she's released. Worse yet, she seems exactly the same as when she went in. Devoting more time to Joan in prison and showing her become hardened would have worked better. As it is, she gets out of prison, hangs out with some disreputable characters for a short while and suddenly she's Ma Barker. It made no sense and the only thing I can figure is that the studio was afraid of having her character be too hardened. After all, they tacked on a terrible love story to "redeem" her character. Absolutely terrible ending. Too bad, this could have been a classic.


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