Let 'em Have It

Let 'em Have It

Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Richard Arlen, Virginia Bruce, Alice Brady

     
 

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The oldest (so far) of Sony Wonder's titles from the library of films produced by Edward Small to be released on DVD, Let 'Em Have It also has the best pedigree -- directed by Sam Wood, a top Hollywood hand behind the camera, and starring two top mid-1930s leads, Richard Arlen and Bruce Bennett -- of any of the titles issued as of 2005. A crime film with some

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The oldest (so far) of Sony Wonder's titles from the library of films produced by Edward Small to be released on DVD, Let 'Em Have It also has the best pedigree -- directed by Sam Wood, a top Hollywood hand behind the camera, and starring two top mid-1930s leads, Richard Arlen and Bruce Bennett -- of any of the titles issued as of 2005. A crime film with some unusually realistic violence and details, plus a twist ending that probably served as the inspiration for Edward D. Wood Jr.'s Jail Bait, it has its virtues, it isn't really a film noir, even though Sony Wonder has bundled it together with Anthony Mann's Raw Deal and T-Men.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
A terse, tough, and at times frightening thriller, Let 'Em Have It! seems actually to have benefited from the lack of a large budget. Produced at RKO by Edward Small's independent Reliance Pictures Corp. and directed with a minimum of fuss by the veteran Sam Wood, this gangster melodrama was filmed prior to but released after Warner Bros.' more renowned but less authentic G-Men (1935), another thriller dealing with J. Edgar Hoover's burgeoning FBI. Although lacking a superstar like G-Men's James Cagney, Let 'Em Have It! comes with a solid cast of Hollywood reliables that includes Richard Arlen as the attorney turned G-Man and Virginia Bruce as the somewhat dense heroine. But the film's main acting honors belong squarely to Bruce Cabot, formerly of King Kong (1933), who eschews hoary theatrics in favor of realism as the unscrupulous villain. It is a surprisingly chilling performance from an actor mostly associated with essaying cool playboys, heroic or otherwise. According to Cabot himself, the role as the scarred gangster proved something of an ordeal that necessitated nearly six hours in the makeup chair every day.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
UPC:
0074645213996
Original Release:
1935
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Wonder (Video)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
78,916

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Arlen Mal Stevens
Virginia Bruce Eleanor Spencer
Alice Brady Aunt Ethel
Bruce Cabot Joe Keefer
Harvey Stephens Van Rensseler
Eric Linden Buddy Spencer
Gordon Jones Tex
Paul Stanton Department Chief
Hale Hamilton Ex-Senator Reilly
Dorothy Appleby Lola
Matthew Betz Thompson
Harry Woods Big Bill
Wesley Barry Walton
Sidney Bracey Butler
Joyce Compton Barbara
Clyde Dilson Pete
Matty Fain "Brooklyn"
Paul Fix Sam
Joseph King Instructor
Donald Kirke Curley
John Farrell MacDonald Mr. Keefer
Ian MacLaren Reconstructionist
Robert E. O'Connor Police Captain
George Pauncefort Dr. Hoffman
Barbara Pepper Milly
Christian Rub Henkel
Landers Stevens Parole Chairman
Eugene Strong "Dude"
Kathrin Clare Ward Ma Harrison
Eleanor Wesselhoeft Mrs. Henkel
Clarence H. Wilson Reynolds
Richard Hemingway Fuller

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Elmer Harris Screenwriter
Joseph Moncure March Screenwriter
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Robert Planck Cinematographer
Edward Small Producer
Grant Whytock Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gangsters Guns & Floozies Crime Collection: Let 'Em Have It
1. Soldiers of Peace [7:28]
2. Al Thompson [8:09]
3. The Fib [4:29]
4. In a Spot [7:41]
5. Competition [5:31]
6. Pine Trees [7:23]
7. On a Tour [6:38]
8. Shoe Clues [7:48]
9. Boarding House [5:51]
10. Hero [5:26]
11. Wanted [5:19]
12. Re-Modeling [6:47]
13. A New Man [7:04]
14. Warning Call [4:57]
15. A Tussle [3:40]
16. Thank You [1:27]

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