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The Pay Off (1942)

The city's District Attorney is murdered, and a newspaper reporter investigates. He starts finding out that everything wasn't quite as cut and dried as it appeared to be.

Director:

Arthur Dreifuss

Writers:

Edward Dein (screenplay), Arthur Hoerl (original story)
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Cast overview:
Lee Tracy ... Brad McKay
Tom Brown ... Guy Norris
Tina Thayer ... Phyllis Walker
Evelyn Brent ... Alma Dorn
Jack La Rue ... John Angus
Ian Keith ... Inspector Thomas
Robert Middlemass ... Lester Norris
John Maxwell ... Moroni
John Sheehan ... Sergeant Brenen
Harry C. Bradley ... Dr. Steele (as Harry Bradley)
Forrest Taylor ... Hugh Walker
Pat Costello Pat Costello ... Pat - Reporter
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Special prosecutor Lloyd Pearson has been murdered and there is strong evidence that gambler Moroni committed the crime, but he has an air-tight alibi, spending the evening with Brad McKay, star reporter of the Chronicle. Norris, the publisher, send Brad and his son, Guy Norris, to cover the story. Brad learns that Moroni did commit the murder, but has no way to prove it. Moroni tells Brad that the murdered prosecutor was getting a payoff, and was killed by his assistant Hugh Walker following a quarrel. John Angus, proprietor of the Hi Lo Club, tells Moroni that Brad suspects him. Phyllis Walker tells Brad that her father is in danger from Moroni. Hugh Walker has given her a key to the public locker where some money is hidden. That night, Brad finds Moroni dead. He realizes there is a higher-up that had Moroni kill Pearson, and then has had Moroni killed. He learns that Walker has been kidnapped, but secures the money from the locker and hides it in his apartment. He meets Alma Dorne ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Nothing unpredictable in this run-of-the-mill murder/gangster thriller
1 February 2020 | by CelluRobSee all my reviews

A public prosecutor is murdered and a wise-cracking tabloid journalist (Lee Tracy) with contacts (legit and not) sets out to track down the perpetrator. As we progress through this unremarkably procedural crime thriller, we discover that the murderer is much closer to home than he'd like. The cast do their jobs well enough - Tina Thayer and Tom Brown; but essentially this is just an opportunity for Tracy to be, well, himself.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1942 (USA) See more »

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