Blood Money (1933 film)

Blood Money is a 1933 American Pre-Code crime drama about a crooked bail bondsman named Bill Bailey, played by George Bancroft, with Chick Chandler as crime boss Drury Darling, Judith Anderson as Drury's sister and Bailey's lover, and Frances Dee as a thrill-seeking, larcenous beauty who fatefully catches Bailey's eye. The film was considered to be lost for nearly forty years before reappearing.[1]

Blood Money
Directed byRowland Brown
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Joseph M. Schenck (uncredited)
Written byRowland Brown
Hal Long (continuity)
Speed Kendall (uncredited)
StarringGeorge Bancroft
Judith Anderson
Frances Dee
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 17, 1933 (1933-11-17)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States

This marked the film debut of Anderson (better known for her next role, housekeeper Mrs. Danvers in the 1940 Rebecca).


Dee, normally cast in wholesome roles, described Talbert in the 2002 Turner Classic Movies documentary Complicated Women as "... a rather weird character, to say the least. She was a kleptomaniac, a nymphomaniac, and anything in between."[2]

Critical reception

New York Times critic Mordaunt Hall was unimpressed, writing, "This whimsical little tale of thievery, thuggery and attempted slaughter was mistaken for entertainment by Darryl Zanuck".[3] He appreciated the skills of many of the actors, but thought the plot lacked logic and characterized the film overall as "flat stuff".[3]


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