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The Tip-Off (1931)
June 14, 2011, 10:43 pm
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Director: Albert S. Rogell

In one of her earliest performances, Ginger Rogers has a supporting role as the girlfriend of a dim-witted boxer played by the affable Robert Armstrong. What’s interesting about the context of this picture is not only that it is pre-Code, but that it came out the same year as two of the most formative gangster films – Little Caesar and The Public Enemy. Despite being such a young genre, this effort already satirizes gangster conventions with the unlikely hero, played by Eddie Quillan, accidentally beginning a feud with a crime lord. Along with the entertaining repartee of Armstrong and Rogers, director Albert S. Rogell stages some impressive fight scenes, including one in which Quillan and Armstrong take out a dozen thugs in a narrow staircase.


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