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The Pay Off (1930)





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Exercising his usual creative prerogative, Lowell Sherman was both star and director of RKO's The Pay Off. Sherman plays Gene Fenmore, a jaded gangster boss who falls in love with innocent young Nancy Porter (Marian Nixon). When Nancy's sweetheart Tommy Brown (William Janney) faces execution for a crime he didn't commit, Gene's first impulse is to let the boy fry so that he can have a clear field with the heroine. Ultimately, however, Gene proves he's a decent sort by clearing Tommy and philosophically keeping that date with the electric chair himself. Released in Great Britain as The Losing Game, The Pay-Off was remade in 1938 as Law of the Underworld, with Chester Morris in the old Lowell Sherman role.

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Lowell Sherman
as Gene Fenmore
Marian Nixon
as Nancy Porter
William Janney
as Tommy Brown
Hugh Trevor
as Rocky Mosby
Helene Millard
as Dot Palmer
Robert McWade
as Frank Smiley
Alan Roscoe
as District Attorney
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