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Smart Money

Smart Money (1931)

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Release Date: Jul 11, 1931 Wide

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Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney were teamed for the only time in their careers in Smart Money. Robinson has the larger part as a small-town barber who fancies himself a big-time gambler. He travels to the Big City in the company of his younger brother Cagney, who wants to make sure that Robinson isn't fleeced by the high-rollers. Unfortunately Robinson has a weakness for beautiful blondes, most of whom take him for all his money or betray him in some other manner. The cops aren't keen on

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Mar 25, 2008

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In many ways, the first half of Alfred E. Green's Smart Money can be seen as a stage-setter for John Dahl's game-changing Rounders.

April 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Few actors had the energy and charisma to keep up with the rat-a-tat pacing of pre-Code gangster flicks that Robinson had.

April 5, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

After the stars' debut in Little Caesar and The Public Enemy, this one must have been a letdown for fans. It was for me.

March 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A typical Warner Brothers crime drama of that period.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Smart Money

This movie is pretty slow for most of it, especially because of all the card playing and gambling scenes, but it gets more exciting towards the ending. It was cool to finally see Robinson and Cagney together in a movie, although I was confused as to weather they were supposed to be brothers or just best friends or what. Overall, an okay movie.
November 23, 2010
ajv2688

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Smart Money is a pretty fun pseudo-gangster movie about a barber/professional gambler who makes it to the big time. Edward G. Robinson is his usual great self but its the dynamic between him and James Cagney as his right hand man that makes Smart Money. That and some elements of this movie really reminded me of the remake of Ocean's Eleven. No new ground is broken with this movie but its got a few entertaining parts (particularly Cagney's pantomime about a woman waiting to see Robinson) but the way the story completely shifted gears in the last 10 minutes really bugged me. Overall, a good fun quick watch.
October 1, 2010
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