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The Mad Game (1933)

Bootlegger Ed Carson is sent to prison. His old gang turns from liquor (now legal) to kidnapping. When they nab the son and daughter-in-law of the judge who sent Carson to prison, he is ... See full summary »

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Irving Cummings

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William M. Conselman (screenplay), William M. Conselman (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Edward Carson
Claire Trevor ... Jane Lee
Ralph Morgan ... Judge Penfield
Howard Lally Howard Lally ... Thomas Penfield
J. Carrol Naish ... Chopper Allen
John Miljan ... William Bennett
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Butts McGee
Kathleen Burke ... Marilyn Kirk
Mary Mason ... Lila Penfield
Willard Robertson ... Warden
John Davidson ... Doctor
Paul Fix ... Lou
Jerry Devine Jerry Devine ... Mike
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Bootlegger Ed Carson is sent to prison. His old gang turns from liquor (now legal) to kidnapping. When they nab the son and daughter-in-law of the judge who sent Carson to prison, he is paroled to help in the capture. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Fox film's Thrilling Melodramatic Expose of the Snatch Racket With a Supurb Cast That Makes every Exciting Incident Real! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 9 November 1933) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ley del talión See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Douglas Fowley. See more »

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****** Double Crossed
13 August 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

And so, Spencer Tracy ends up in the slammer, having been double crossed by J. Carroll Naish. He makes a deal with the warden to bring the 'kidnap' gang to justice, infiltrating via plastic surgery, and is released (apparently, kidnapping for profit was in vogue in the early 30's). There is some contrivance in the plot to swallow but Tracy tries his best to put the picture over.

He almost succeeds, but the whole premise is a bit much to swallow. There are some exciting moments, to be sure, and some tense scenes, but on the whole it is too fantastical. Interesting characters including a very young Claire Trevor, Naish, a stalwart Ralph Morgan (not the funny one), and a zombie-like doctor played by Howard Lally. I rate it a 6, which is an 'almost'. Shown at Capitolfest, Rome, NY 8/18

6/10 - The website no longer prints my star rating.


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