Review: ‘Quick Millions’

Another gangster story, but written down to the bone and directed for everything it contains.

Another gangster story, but written down to the bone and directed for everything it contains.

For continuity and cutting the studio handed Brown a bonus of $1,000. It’s Rowland Brown’s first picture. Previously he was a Fox contract writer. His co-author on this story, like himself, is a former newspaper reporter. Courtenay Terrett once wrote a story called Only Saps Work, and Paramount took it along with Terrett.

The background of Quick Millions is similar and takes the eye through a cleverly-knit panorama of racketeering as the yoke is laid on big business interests.

Story, after a fashion, gives an inside on how racketeers prey on organized business. In brief, it recounts the tale of a tough truck driver, with ideas, who climbs to the top, even socially, through forcing contractors into the right corner, only to topple from his throne at the hands of rival gangsters after turned down by the girl, a contractor’s daughter. Simple, but the force, interest, suspense and the benefit of capable workmanship.

Spencer Tracy is excellent. Sally Eilers looks well at all times, and that’s about all she has to do. Marguerite Churchill, as the former sweetheart, has the better of it from a script viewpoint. Robert Burns, Warner Richmond and George Raft are good gangster types. Contractor racket victim John Wray, who did the added dialog, oke.

Quick Millions


Fox. Director Rowland Brown; Screenplay Courtenay Terrett, Rowland Brown, John Wray; Camera Joseph August; Editor Harold Schuster; Art Director Duncan Cramer


(B&W) Extract of a review from 1931. Running time: 69 MIN.


Spencer Tracy Marguerite Churchill Sally Eilers Robert Burns John Wray Warner Richmond
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