Passed | | Crime, Drama
Immigrant Greek barber has uncommon skills in playing poker and soon rises in the seedy world of illegal gambling, but pretty blondes remain his Achilles' heel.
The movie was made to capitalize on the success of Little Caesar (1931). Edward G. Robinson insisted that the script be re-written to make his character, Nick Venizelos, a more sympathetic gangster and less of a copy of his "Little Caesar" character, Rico Bandello.
Nick 'The Barber' Venizelos:
All right! All right! If that's the way you play in this town, I'll play you the same way. Only I'll play it in spades! And that means you pay double! Why you hustling little bag, I'll have you on your knees, begging for a cup of coffee. And as for ...
On the window of his barber shop, and in the note he receives in his hotel from his friends at home, Nick's last name is spelled "Venizelos"; but on his volunteer fireman's card (inspected when he enters the gambling den), it is spelled "Venezelos".
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