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Smart Money

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After being cheated by big-city criminals, small-town Greek barber Nick Venezelos (Edward G. Robinson) lives up to his lucky reputation by returning to beat the criminals. With his winnings, Nick repays the townspeople who loaned him money, then opens a gambling parlor, using his barbershop as a front. Despite Nick's honestly conducted game, the district attorney schemes to shut him down, playing on both his weakness for beautiful blondes and the decency of his best friend, Jack (James Cagney).

Cast & Crew

Edward G. Robinson
Nick "The Barber" Venizelos
Evalyn Knapp
Irene Graham
Ralf Harolde
Sleepy Sam
Margaret Livingston
District Attorney's girl
Maurice Black
Greek barber
Boris Karloff
Sport Williams
Morgan Wallace
District Attorney Black
Billy House
Irontown salesman-gambler
Kubec Glasmon
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John Bright
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Lucien Hubbard
Screenwriter
Joseph Jackson
Screenwriter
Robert Kurrle
Cinematographer
Jack Killifer
Film Editor
Robert M. Haas
Art Director
Earl Luick
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Critic Reviews for Smart Money

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Audience Reviews for Smart Money

  • Apr 06, 2013
    Edward G. Robinson seems to be playing the sucker male roles lately..."Smart Money" isn't really anything original but about a guy Nick "The Barber" Veniz (Robinson) who seems to have a weakness for gorgeous women and literally acts like a white knight to them. "The Barber" hnags out with his loyal brother named Jack played by James Cagney (in one of lesser good guy roles) who doesn't want to see his brother seen as a wuss. They're both into heavy gambling and run a so called barbershop and still remain humble loyal guys. The good life all catches up for The Barber where he will have to admit to his sins. "Smart Money" is a good film but it's themes is pretty much what audiences have seen before.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2010
    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.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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