Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Gender Bender
Short Take: Pre-code drama. A woman in a tux hangs out in the bar.
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Year: 1933
Duration: 65 minutes
Language: English/USA
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Rowland Brown
Writer: Rowland Brown, Hal Long
Starring: George Bancroft, Judith Anderson, Frances Dee, Chick Chandler, Blossom Seeley, Etienne Girardot, George Regas


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Blood MoneyBill Bailey (George Bancroft) is a well-connected bail bondsman. Somewhat of a ladies man, his true love Ruby (Judith Anderson) runs a bar and gambling hall. He falls for Elaine (Frances Dee), a society woman with a shoplifting problem, but is double crossed by her, causing trouble with the police for both Bill and Ruby’s thief of a brother Drury (Chick Chandler).

Of interest is a woman (Katherine Williams) who hangs out in Ruby’s bar. She wears a tux and monocle, passing as a man, and Bill has a good laugh after he discovers her rouse. When Drury says that he is going out with her, a fellow in the room jibes that Drury will be “safe” – implying that she is a lesbian. Drury laughs off the accusation saying that she just dresses that way because she thinks it’s funny.

Unless you are a fan of old movies, this probably shouldn’t go on your must watch list, but it is an interesting example of the gender bending characters who appeared in early films. (AB)