The Big Shakedown (1934)
A film directed by John Francis Dillon

Genre: Crime / Drama

Film Review

The Big Shakedown is an American crime film first released on 6th January 1934, directed by John Francis Dillon. Cinematography was by Sidney Hickox and the film was scored by Bernhard Kaun. It is based on a story by Samuel G. Engel and stars Charles Farrell, Bette Davis, Ricardo Cortez, Glenda Farrell and Allen Jenkins.   It is a First National Pictures production, produced by Samuel Bischoff and distributed by First National Pictures.   It is a black and white film and runs to 1 hour and 4 minutes.  

Our overall rating for The Big Shakedown is: good - passable entertainment.

Other recommended films that have been directed by John Francis Dillon include: The Self-Made Wife (1923), The Noose (1928), The Pagan Lady (1931) and The Reckless Hour (1931). The actor Charles Farrell has also appeared in: A Woman of Paris (1923), Night and the City (1950), Campanadas a medianoche (1965) and The Vampire Lovers (1970).

Other recommended crime/drama films of the 1930s from USA that you may want to consider are: Michael Curtiz's Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Henry King's Jesse James (1939), George Archainbaud's Penguin Pool Murder (1932), Howard Hawks's Scarface (1932) and Michael Curtiz's Stolen Holiday (1937).

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Film Credits

  • Director: John Francis Dillon
  • Script: Niven Busch, Rian James, Samuel G. Engel (story)
  • Photo: Sidney Hickox
  • Music: Bernhard Kaun
  • Cast: Charles Farrell (Jimmy Morrell), Bette Davis (Norma Nelson), Ricardo Cortez (Dutch Barnes), Glenda Farrell (Lily 'Lil' Duran), Allen Jenkins (Lefty), Henry O'Neill (Mr. Sheffner), Dewey Robinson (Slim), John Wray (Higgins), Philip Faversham (John, the New Salesman), Robert Emmett O'Connor (Regan, the Bartender), Renee Whitney (Mae LaRue), G. Pat Collins (Gyp), Adrian Morris (Trigger), Ben Hendricks Jr. (Spike), George Cooper (Shorty), Oscar Apfel (Digitalis Doctor), Harry C. Bradley (Third Drug Store Proprietor), Matt Briggs (Robert J. Wilbur), Frederick Burton (Houston Sims), William B. Davidson (District Attorney), James Eagles (Man Requesting Change), Alphonse Ethier (Norma's Doctor), Earle Foxe (Carey), Sam Godfrey (First Drug Store Proprietor), Howard C. Hickman (Board Member)
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 64 min

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