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A Very Honorable Guy (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 5 May 1934 (USA)
Well respected local good guy, Feet Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to ... See full summary »

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Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Damon Runyon (by), Earl Baldwin (screen play)
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Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... 'Feet' Samuels
Alice White ... Hortense
Robert Barrat ... Dr. Snitzer
Alan Dinehart ... The Brain
Irene Franklin ... Toodles
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Benny
Arthur Vinton ... Moon O'Hara
G. Pat Collins ... Red Hendrickson (as George Pat Collins)
Harold Huber ... Joe Ponzetti
James Donlan James Donlan ... Mr. O'Toole
Harry Warren ... Harry
Al Dubin Al Dubin ... Al
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Well respected local good guy, Feet Samuels finds himself heavily in debt due to an uncharacteristic gambling binge. Feet decides the only way to settle the bill is by selling his body to an ambitious doctor who agrees to allow him one last month to live life to the fullest, then kill himself. Written by Silast

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Very Honourable Guy See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film makes mention of a restaurant named Mindy's and a night club called The Hot Box. Both of these places featured prominently in "Guys and Dolls", also written by Damon Runyan. See more »

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Featured in Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades (2006) See more »

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My Old Man
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Bernard Hanighen
Played during the crap game
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Silly but I really liked it
19 September 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This humorous tale of a sub-culture of gamblers and pickpockets centers on Feet Samuels (Joe E. Brown), whose luck hasn't been so good lately. It gets even worse when the local mob boss, "The Brain" (Alan Dinehart), wants to teach a couple of welchers a lesson via the fists of his henchmen. They use Feet to find their marks, and when the police arrive, Feet winds up in jail for hitting a policeman in the confusion. The Brain offers Feet a five hundred dollar loan to help bail him out of jail. At first Feet smartly refuses, but when it is pointed out to him that the Brain might consider it an insult, he reluctantly accepts the loan. Feet has no luck raising the money he owes the Brain, and then he gets an idea when he sees a butcher delivering a side of beef for fifty dollars. With no money, no luck, and rejected by his girl Hortense (Alice White) Feet figures he has nothing to live for anyways. He decides to sell his body to science for one thousand dollars. However, he gets no takers but one - a strange doctor who is taken with the unique shape of Feet's head. Of course the doctor has no guarantee Feet won't take the money and never return, so The Brain underwrites this strange contract in which Feet is given one month to sew up his affairs and return a corpse.

Feet then repays his debt to the Brain and takes the balance to go on one last spree before he dies. Fate can be cruel, though, and suddenly Feet's gambling begins to pay off. Pretty soon Feet has run up his 500 dollars into a small fortune. This allows him to win back Hortense and begin to make wedding plans. There's just one problem. He's been having so much fun he forgot that his month is up the next day.

Alice White and Joe E. Brown were perfect together. White did seem to do better in these brassy supporting roles than as the lead in her earlier roles of 1929-1930 back when she was First National's answer to Clara Bow. You really feel that under all of that materialism - and there's a lot of it - that Hortense really does love Feet.

For a fun-filled film made just after the production code went into effect, with plenty of snappy dialogue and loaded with unique characters and atmosphere, this one really fits the bill.


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