Now I'll Tell (1934) - Rotten Tomatoes

Now I'll Tell (1934)





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Though the names have been changed to protect the guilty, this romantic crime drama offers a relatively factual account of the life of Arnold Rothstein, an infamous bookie and is based upon a story by his widow. The story tells how he gambled his way to the top of his profession. Though he originally promised his wife that he would stop gambling once he made $200,000, he became addicted and decided he had to make $300,000 more before he could be happy. Soon his greed leads him to crooked gambling. Things get worse when he openly carries on an affair with a singer. The bookies dirty dealings get him into trouble and his wife is kidnapped while he is out of town. While rushing back to save her, he has a car accident and his lover is killed. By the time she is rescued, the wife has decided enough is enough and takes off to get a European divorce. The greedy gambler finds himself utterly lost without his two lovers and so after selling his wife's jewels takes out a large insurance policy upon himself. On an interesting footnote: Inez Norton, Rothstein's real-life widow, has a bit part in the film, as does then-ingenue Susan Fleming, AKA Mrs. Harpo Marx.


Spencer Tracy
as Murray Golden
Helen Twelvetrees
as Virginia Golden
Alice Faye
as Peggy Warren
Robert Gleckler
as Al Mositer
Shirley Temple
as Mary Doran
Mae Madison
as Waitress
June Lang
as Girl at Beach
Claude King
as Captain of Ship
Theodore Newton
as Joe Ready
Alice Calhoun
as Mrs. Doran
Irving Bacon
as Attendant
Gertrude Astor
as Freddie's Wife
Mary Forbes
as Mrs. Drake
Donald Haines
as Messenger Boy
Ray Cooke
as Traylor
Ronnie Cosbey
as Tommy Jr.
James Donlan
as Honey Smith
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It presents a large gallery of unpleasant people... The picture, on the whole however, is highly interesting, thanks to the circumstantial New York background and to the firm handling of the principle role by Spencer Tracy.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

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