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Bad Guy (1937)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 27 August 1937 (USA)
"Lucky" Walden is a power lineman-turned-criminal. He is due to go to the electric chair, which he helps prison electricians wire correctly, when his sentence is commuted for an act of ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn (as Edward Cahn)

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Earl Felton (screen play), Harry Ruskin (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruce Cabot ... John 'Lucky' Walden
Virginia Grey ... Kitty Ryan
Edward Norris ... Steve Carroll
Jean Chatburn ... Betty Ryan
Cliff Edwards ... 'Hi-Line'
Charley Grapewin ... Dan Gray
Warren Hymer ... 'Shorty'
John Hamilton ... Warden Summers
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Bronson
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"Lucky" Walden is a power lineman-turned-criminal. He is due to go to the electric chair, which he helps prison electricians wire correctly, when his sentence is commuted for an act of heroism. But he finds the wrong side of the law more attractive, and returns to his nefarious ways. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Lightning See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcasts in Altoona PA Wednesday 15 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and in Chicago Friday 17 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Los Angeles Thursday 23 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in Seattle it first aired 1 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Syracuse NY 9 September 1957 on WHEN (Channel 8), in Miami 16 September 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Norfolk VA 18 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Baltimore 2 January 1958 on WJZ (Channel 13), and in Philadelphia 14 April 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6); it finally reached San Francisco 24 December 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and New York City 5 September 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Good Bad Guy
26 August 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

The movies loved rogues in the old days. Whores with hearts of gold (though they couldn't call them that,--whores I mean), con men who were kind to widows and orphans, gangsters who were really robin hoods in fedoras and pin-striped suits. This was especially true in the economic hard times of the Depression. One saw fewer of such films after the war. Nowadays things are quite different, and the formula would seem ridiculously old-fashioned and corny. Maybe the rise of mass education had something to do with it. As people have become more middle class they are increasingly concerned about "respectability". In the days when most people worked with their hands or lived off the land the good bad guy thing was acceptable. But enough sociological musing. In this film the good bad guy is Bruce Cabot, who could play really bad guys quite well also, which gives his character added ambiguity. The setting is New York, the work is power lineman. Cabot is credible in both his good and bad aspects, which makes his nice guy attributes more effective than had his role been played by, say, Don Ameche. Director Eddie Cahn, a master of the short subject, directs this one for speed and beauty. It has plenty of both. The backlot cityscapes are something to see.


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