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      Quick Millions

      Released May 3, 1931 1h 12m Crime Drama List
      Reviews 43% Audience Score 100+ Ratings A truck driver (Spencer Tracy) uses extortion and protection to form his own crime racket, with him at the top. Read More Read Less

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      Richard Brody New Yorker Tracy brings the full force of his offhanded charm to the role of a breezy predator, and the director, Rowland Brown, keenly observes a workingman’s hard-won knowledge becoming the cold touch of a kingpin’s unrefusable offer. Jul 5, 2023 Full Review Eileen Jones The Jacobin Perhaps most characteristic of what Brown was trying to achieve is his first directorial effort... Aug 26, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Mike B 5 stars? This is a different kind of film from movies of today, with technical limitations that directors of hard-bitten movies like King of New York (the most beautiful cinematic picture of New York ever created), Taxi Driver (just as beautiful, and with Bernard Herrmann's soul-chilling Mendolssohn-infused score), The Sopranos (a gut-churning 4 seasons of Shakespearian tragedy, told as a dryly funny, violent, Dickensian serial), or Scarface (a cocaine white film noir that's made every guy who ever watched it grind his teeth, buzzing with machismo and the hope of the American Dream). The limitations of early sound, forced Quick Millions to be shot in medium close ups so actors didn't stray too far from the microphone. There's no score. And the camera never moves, as I remember not once. But Spencer Tracy is GREAT-- never letting us actually see the thug that lives a half-inch under the urbane businessman he wishes he was. He's smart, calculating and conniving-- conniving enough to convince even himself that instead of being a violent criminal, he's just another capitalist on the make. But a violent criminal he is, albeit one with big plans. Even today, Quick Millions is a wonderful how-to inside look into the inner workings of protection rackets and big time extortion. And you get to see George Raft do a terrific solo dance number! At 69 minutes, Quick Millions is a quick, lurid watch. Knock yourself out. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/11/23 Full Review Henry M While wooden dialogue makes for a somewhat taxing watch, the at times breezy cinematography, enjoyable character actors, and interesting insights into 1930s gangster life, make for a nice look back in time. Spencer Tracy plays an interesting character, rising in the fedora and tommy gun era mob world, until his inevitable downfall. This reminded me of a 1931 Scorsese flick. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/07/23 Full Review Audience Member Dated gangster flick worth seeing for Tracy's performance. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A truck driver (Spencer Tracy) uses extortion and protection to form his own crime racket, with him at the top.
      Director
      Rowland Brown
      Screenwriter
      Rowland Brown, Courtney Perrett
      Distributor
      Fox Film Corporation
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 3, 1931, Original
      Runtime
      1h 12m