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19 Ratings

Smart Money

Directed by Alfred E. Green
United States, 1931
Drama, Crime


Silver-screen icons Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney star in this classic drama as Nick and Jack Venizelos, two brothers whose fateful trip to the big city to do a little gambling results in a tragic turn of events.

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Smart Money Directed by Alfred E. Green

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1931 | Nominee: Best Writing, Original Story

What are people saying?

  • Justin Senkbile's rating of the film Smart Money

    This was so weird and great. Robinson is this gregarious Greek barber/gambler who gets burned a couple times, then finds success and evolves into an arrogant monster. But that's all no big deal - what ends up doing him in is the fact that he's still capable of compassion/love. Pessimistic on a molecular level. Cagney KILLS in a relatively tiny role - man of a thousand baffling/wonderful gestures.

  • Adam Suraf's rating of the film Smart Money

    Edward G. Robinson has one of his best early roles as Nick the Barber, a small town gambler who makes it big in the city, but a soft spot for blondes clouds his better judgement. James Cagney is around as Robinson's brother and prevailing right hand man, the only time the Warner Brother's stars ever appeared together. A great gambling movie, with some terrific Robinson one-liners.

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