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Bad Company (1931)

Ricardo Cortez plays a ruthless, near-psychotic gangster who withal follows his own code of honor. Helen Twelvetrees co-stars as a trusting young woman who marries mob lawyer John Garrick, ... See full summary »

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Tay Garnett

Writers:

Jack Lait (novel), Tom Buckingham (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Twelvetrees ... Helen King Carlyle
Ricardo Cortez ... Goldie Gorio
John Garrick ... Steve Carlyle
Paul Hurst ... Goldie's Butler
Frank Conroy ... Markham King
Frank McHugh ... Doc - Henchman
Kenneth Thomson ... Barnes - Henchman
Arthur Stone ... Dummy - Henchman
Emma Dunn ... Emma
William V. Mong ... Henry
Wade Boteler ... Monk - Henchman
Al Herman Al Herman ... Pearson - Gangster
Harry Carey ... McBaine
Edgar Kennedy ... Buffington - Doorman
Mike Donlin ... Joe - Elevator Operator
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Ricardo Cortez plays a ruthless, near-psychotic gangster who withal follows his own code of honor. Helen Twelvetrees co-stars as a trusting young woman who marries mob lawyer John Garrick, never dreaming that both her husband and her brother Frank Conroy are involved in the rackets. When she does learn the horrible truth, it is she who determines to "cleanse" her family of the tinge of crime by dealing directly with Cortez-and we mean directly.

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A Typical Daughter of To-day- Whose Search for Love Leads Her Recklessly Down the Beaten Path! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 31 December 1931)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gangster's Wife See more »

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RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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In many ways a stunner
20 September 2012 | by jeffsultanofSee all my reviews

This film was not very well liked in its time; I remember reading an old movie magazine that had a short review on it, and the critic was not impressed at all. So when I finally caught up with it, I was pleasantly surprised.

As another review stated, the Gorio character is a real psycho with some mental problem (I'm not a doctor, so I have no name for his illness). To my knowledge it is not until "White Heat" that the movies saw someone as mentally ill as this guy. Cortez can really chew the scenery during his scenes, and they are entirely convincing.

Rather than rehash the plot, it is true that the acting is a little creaky at times, particularly during the last reel of the film, lessening its effect a bit. In the main however, this is a rare instance of a studio other than Warner Bros. producing a potent, powerful gangster movie. This was once available on laser disc; hopefully it will soon be available through Warner Archive.


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