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Sin's Payday, or Slums of New York (March 1, 1932)

Sin's Pay Day
 

Released on March 1, 1932: A wealthy lawyer who defends gangsters loses his wife and becomes a homeless drunkard until he meets a little ragamuffin boy who turns his life around.

Produced by Ralph M. Like

Directed by George B. Seitz

The Actors: Forrest Stanley (lawyer James Markey), Mickey Rooney (Chubby Dennis), Dorothy Revier (Iris Markey), Alfred Cross (Doctor David Lee), Hal Price (henchman Jake Bernheim), Harry Semels (gangster Louie Joe), Lloyd Whitlock (Robert Webb), Bess Flowers (Jane Webb), Ben Hall (henchman Rusty Dugan), Paul Panzer (derelict)

 
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Motion Picture History

The winter of 1950-1951 was a brutally cold one in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania so Donald and Mae Berkey snuggled a lot to keep warm. They had five daughters and one son already and were surely too old to have any more children . . . but alas, the next fall I burst into life. Having parents that were as old as most kids grandparents was a real blessing for me, because it gave me a great respect for older people and a great curiosity about their younger days. My dad and mom got married in 1929 just a couple of months before the stock market crash and the Great Depression, and I was always fascinated when Dad would tell stories from their young married life in the 1930's . . . I imagine that those stories are part of the reason that my passion for movies from the 1930's and 1940's are among my favorites. I believe that when times are really tough, like during the Great Depression, people either struggle and grow or give up and die . . . and I guess that for me it is a bit like watching a train wreck or a racing car pile-up . . . I just can't turn away . . . I must see whether the outcome will be disaster or triumph over all the odds. So it is with some of the Great Depression movies like this one. Forrest Stanley is a wealthy lawyer who keeps the gangsters out of jail, but when his wife leaves him because she doesn't like the way he earns his money his life falls apart. Finally when he is a homeless drunkard he meets a little ragamuffin boy named Chubby Dennis, played by a very young Mickey Rooney. Mickey Rooney becomes the inspiration for the lawyer to start a meaningful life over again, and it looks like the two will rise from poverty to better things . . . until one night as the lawyer and little Mickey Rooney are walking along the street and one of the gangsters that the lawyer defended in the past starts a machine gun shootout with a rival. Little Mickey Rooney is hit in the crossfire and lays dying in the street. Once again the lawyer is at a life-changing moment, about to once again lose the person that he loves the most, but this time instead of running away from life he determines to do whatever he can to put the gangster that killed his little friend in prison. In the teaser title I mentioned motion picture history . . . We know that the lawyer will be successful in getting the gangster convicted . . . but he will use a bit of cutting edge science and invention from 1932 that is the first time in a motion picture that this kind of evidence was ever used in a courtroom. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Forrest Stanley, Alfred Cross and Mickey Rooney
Forrest Stanley, Alfred Cross and Mickey Rooney
Alfred Cross
Alfred Cross
Ben Hall
Ben Hall
Dorothy Revier
Dorothy Revier
Dorothy Revier and Alfred Cross
Dorothy Revier and Alfred Cross
Dorothy Revier and Forrest Stanley
Dorothy Revier and Forrest Stanley
Forrest Stanley
Forrest Stanley
Forrest Stanley and Alfred Cross
Forrest Stanley and Alfred Cross
Forrest Stanley and Dorothy Revier
Forrest Stanley and Dorothy Revier
Forrest Stanley and Harry Semels
Forrest Stanley and Harry Semels
Forrest Stanley and Mickey Rooney
Forrest Stanley and Mickey Rooney
Forrest Stanley
Forrest Stanley
Forrest Stanley and Harry Semels
Forrest Stanley and Harry Semels
Forrest Stanley meets Mickey Rooney
Forrest Stanley meets Mickey Rooney
Forrest Stanley mourns Mickey Rooney
Forrest Stanley mourns Mickey Rooney
Forrest Stanley and Harry Semels
Forrest Stanley and Harry Semels
Forrest Taylor hits bottom
Forrest Taylor hits bottom
Hal Price as henchman Jake
Hal Price as henchman Jake
Hal Price, Forrest Taylor and Harry Semels
Hal Price, Forrest Taylor and Harry Semels
Hal Price and Forrest Taylor
Hal Price and Forrest Taylor
Hal Price and Harry Semels
Hal Price and Harry Semels
Harry Semels and Forrest Stanley
Harry Semels and Forrest Stanley
Lloyd Whitlock and Bess Flowers
Lloyd Whitlock and Bess Flowers
Lloyd Whitlock and Forrest Stanley
Lloyd Whitlock and Forrest Stanley
Lloyd Whitlock, Harry Semels and Forrest Stanley
Lloyd Whitlock, Harry Semels and Forrest Stanley
Mickey Rooney in 1932
Mickey Rooney in 1932
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney
Paul Panzer
Paul Panzer