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A still from Smart Money (1931)

Smart Money

1931 | United States | 81 min
  • Watched on Wed Jan 27, 2021 via DVD (2008 | Warner Bros.)
    C+: 3 stars (out of 5)

    Little Caesar lite. Robinson plays a small-time gambler (instead of a gangster) who claws his way atop the big city game, only for a woman to prove his undoing. Cagney plays his longtime friend and heavy. I liked the gambling scenes, and Robinson and Cagney’s chemistry, but the lower narrative stakes render this less resonant than the pair’s more iconic films. Boris Karloff makes a forgettable appearance as a pimp in an early dice game.

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