Bad Boy


56m 1935

Brief Synopsis

Poolroom ace Dunn marries his girlfriend Wilson but cant find work so he sends her back to her family. Things improve after he catches some crooks.

Film Details

Also Known As
Vina Delmar's Bad Boy
Release Date
Oct 25, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,030ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Eddie Nolan, who makes his money as a pool hustler in New York, is reluctant to get a regular job because his father, who was laid off after having worked fifty years as a bookkeeper, was found dead under a subway train with the gold watch his company gave him. This reluctance has caused Eddie's girl friend, Sally Larkin, a cashier at a meat market, to keep their romance secret from her mother and stepfather. However, after they plan to marry, Eddie agrees to get a job. When he is introduced to Sally's parents, he finds that her stepfather is the businessman whom he has been hustling and ridiculing in the poolroom. Larkin calls Eddie a hoodlum and orders him to leave, while Sally's mother feigns an "attack" to make her promise not to see Eddie anymore. The next day, Sally tries to say goodbye to Eddie, but they decide instead to marry secretly and plan to tell her parents after Eddie has gotten a good job. He tries first at Paley's Department Store, and although he convinces a customer to buy a pool table, he is not hired. Meanwhile, Sally's mother encourages her to marry Bob Carey, who has a good job at a bank, a convertible, two lots in Flushing and a savings account. After Eddie overhears Bob propose, he desperately rushes to a radio station and convinces Colonel Good, the host of an amateur hour, to let him "croon" a song. Eddie forgets the words, however, and Colonel Good is forced to give him the gong. The next day, Eddie, depressed, tries to convince Sally to marry Bob. That night, Eddie burns their marriage certificate and packs, but before he can leave, his boardinghouse neighbor Sid, a security guard, calls and asks him to bring his gun, which he forgot. Eddie arrives at the estate of Westover, a utilities magnate, as the kidnapping of Westover's son is taking place and finds Sid bound and gagged. Although Eddie is shot, he chases the gang and shoots at them, which causes their car to crash. Just then, Sally, riding with her parents in Bob's convertible, passes by, and seeing Eddie lying in the street, she screams and reveals that he is her husband. Eddie recovers and as Sally moves into the boardinghouse with him, Westover calls to say that he has gotten Eddie a job at Paley's selling pool tables.

Film Details

Also Known As
Vina Delmar's Bad Boy
Release Date
Oct 25, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
56m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,030ft (6 reels)

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Notes

This film was begun by Fox Film Corp. before they merged with Twentieth Century to form Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. The title card in the opening credits reads: "Fox Film Presents Viña Delmar's Bad Boy." The "Catalogue of Stories and Plays Owned by Fox Film Corporation" states that the original unpublished and uncopyrighted story, continuity and dialogue were written by Viña and Eugene Delmar, while no other source mentions Eugene Delmar. In 1931, Fox produced Bad Girl (see below), based on Delmar's popular novel and play, in which James Dunn, appearing in his first film, also played a character named "Eddie." According to Hollywood Reporter, Victor Kilian was borrowed from Columbia. New York Times stated that this film was "a victim of the cutting room" and commented that it "seems to have been manufactured in a terrible hurry."