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Paid was the third film version of the Bayard Veiller stage play Within the Law. Joan Crawford is cast as a shopgirl falsely arrested for stealing and sent to jail for three years. She swears vengeance on the store owner Purnell Pratt, and to that end sets up a shady but legal racket wherein she and partner Marie Prevost act as "matchmakers" for lonely old men. It's all part of a plan to fleece the store owner by placing him in a compromising position, but Joan is sidetracked when she meets the owner's son Kent ...
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Overview

Paid was the third film version of the Bayard Veiller stage play Within the Law. Joan Crawford is cast as a shopgirl falsely arrested for stealing and sent to jail for three years. She swears vengeance on the store owner Purnell Pratt, and to that end sets up a shady but legal racket wherein she and partner Marie Prevost act as "matchmakers" for lonely old men. It's all part of a plan to fleece the store owner by placing him in a compromising position, but Joan is sidetracked when she meets the owner's son Kent Douglass. Marrying him in order to exact revenge on his father, Crawford falls in love with the young man and abandons her scheme. But once more, Crawford is wrongly accused of a crime, this time of murder. Paid ends happily for all concerned--especially MGM, which remade this reliable property again! under its old title Within the Law 1939, with Ruth Hussey in the lead.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Joan Crawford dominates the screen in tandem with Robert Armstrong in this surprisingly edgy crime-based melodrama, scripted by Charles MacArthur (and based on Bayard Veiller's stage play). There's surprising chemistry between the two in this fast-paced early talkie, which also benefits from an unusually realistic, down-scale slant on the world of criminals. Armstrong's Joe Garson is the real article when it comes to the latter, whereas Crawford's Mary Turner is a vengeful victim of the legal system -- in the end they each displays a touching nobility and loyalty to each other, which helps drive the final section of the film to a powerful conclusion. Directors Sam Wood and Tod Browning end up turning in one of the more enduring dramas of the early sound era, and one well worth catching up with 80+ years later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • UPC: 883316242148
  • Original Release: 1930
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 56,552

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Mary Turner
Robert Armstrong Joe Garson
Marie Prevost Agnes Lynch
Kent Douglass Bob Gilder
John Miljan Inspector Burke
Purnell Pratt Edward Gilder
Hale Hamilton District Attorney Demarest
Tyrell Davis Eddie Griggs
William Bakewell Carney
George Cooper Red
Gwen Lee Bertha
Isabel Withers Helen Morris
Polly Moran Polly
Robert E. O'Connor Cassidy
Edward S. Brophy
Technical Credits
Tod Browning Director
Sam Wood Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Lucien Hubbard Screenwriter
Charles MacArthur Screenwriter
Charles Rosher Sr. Cinematographer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Hugh Wynn Editor
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