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The Pay Off

The Pay Off(1943)

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Brief Synopsis

Special prosecutor Lloyd Pearson (Ian Keith) has been murdered and there is strong evidence that gambler Moroni (John Maxwell) committed the crime, but he has an air-tight alibi, spending the evening with Brad McKay (Lee Tracy), star reporter of the Chronicle. Norris (Robert Middlemass), the publisher, send Brad and his son, Guy Norris (Tom Brown), to cover the story. Brad learns that Moroni did commit the murder, but has no way to prove it. Moroni tells Brad that the murdered prosecutor was getting a payoff, and was killed by his assistant Hugh Walker (Forrest Taylor) following a quarrel. John Angus (Jack La Rue), proprietor of the Hi Lo Club, tells Moroni that Brad suspects him. Phyllis Walker (Tina Thayer) tells Brad that her father is in danger from Moroni. Hugh Walker has given her a key to the public locker where some money is hidden. That night, Brad finds Moroni dead. He realizes there is a higher-up that had Moroni kill Pearson, and then has had Moroni killed. He learns that Walker has been kidnapped, but secures the money from the locker and hides it in his apartment. He meets Alma Dorne (Evelyn Brent)at the night club, and, while attracted to her, he suspects she is an accomplice of the gang. He surprises her while she is searching his apartment for the money, and agrees to help him. Norris summons Brad to his home for Brad to show him what evidence he has collected so far. Norris, at the point of a gun, tells Brad he has collected too much. Brad gets the upper hand by telling Norris that his son Guy is walking into a death trap. Norris rushes to save his son from the trap he himself had set for Brad.

Cast & Crew

Lee Tracy Brad McKay
Tom Brown Guy Norris
Tina Thayer Phyllis Walker
Evelyn Brent Alma Dorn
Jack La Rue John Angus
Ian Keith Inspector Thomas
Robert Middlemass Lester Norris
John Maxwell [Vince] Moroni
John Sheehan Sergeant Brenen
Harry Bradley Dr. Steele
Forrest Taylor Hugh Walker
Pat Costello Reporter
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1943 Production Date:  Leon Fromkess in charge of production
Video; AFI
Nostalgia Family Video; Loonic Video
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Producers Releasing Corp.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  PRC Pictures, Inc.
Duration(mins):  72 or 74 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  6,475    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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