Bad Guy (1937 film)

Bad Guy is a 1937 American crime film directed by Edward L. Cahn and written by Earl Felton and Harry Ruskin. The film stars Bruce Cabot, Virginia Grey, Edward Norris, Jean Chatburn and Cliff Edwards. The film was released on August 27, 1937, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1][2]

Bad Guy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Produced byTom Reed
Screenplay byEarl Felton
Harry Ruskin
Story byJ. Robert Bren
Kathleen Shepard
Hal Long
StarringBruce Cabot
Virginia Grey
Edward Norris
Jean Chatburn
Cliff Edwards
Music byEdward Ward
CinematographyLester White
Edited byBen Lewis
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 27, 1937 (1937-08-27)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States


A power linesman by trade, Lucky Walden (Bruce Cabot) owes gambling debts, plus interest, to crooked gamblers. When they come to make him pay, Lucky hits one with a wrench, killing him. He goes to jail and is sentenced to death.

Lucky's one chance is for his brother Steve (Edward Norris) to find an eyewitness who can testify that Lucky killed the man in self-defense. When the man is found and corroborates that story, Lucky gets a stay of execution. He then earns a full parole by risking his own life in saving a fellow inmate from some dangerous high-voltage wires.

Lucky goes back to his old tricks. He violates his parole, then coaxes Steve into helping him rig the prison's electrical bars to help him escape. Steve's girlfriend Kitty (Virginia Grey) is also attracted to Lucky and wants him out of prison. The cops chase Lucky, who, in a twist of fate, is electrocuted by the wires he knows so well. Steve is sentenced to jail himself, and now regrets helping his no-good brother.



  1. "Bad Guy (1937) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  2. "Bad Guy". TV Guide. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
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