DirectorTay Garnett Music directorArthur Lange Duration CountryUnited States
WriterJack Lait, Tay Garnett, Tom Buckingham Release dateOctober 2, 1931 (1931-10-02) (U.S.) CastHelen Twelvetrees (Helen King Carlyle), Ricardo Cortez (Goldie Gorio), John Garrick (Steve Carlyle), Paul Hurst (Paul Hurst) Similar moviesGoodfellas, Bridge of Spies, A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Judge, The Rainmaker, The Departed
Bad company 2002
Bad Company is a 1931 American Pre-Code gangster film directed and co-written by Tay Garnett with Tom Buckingham based on Jack Lait's 1930 novel Put on the Spot. It stars Helen Twelvetrees and Ricardo Cortez. Told from the view of a woman, the working titles of this film were The Gangster's Wife and The Mad Marriage. Unlike many static early sound films, Garnett includes several scenes using a moving camera climaxing in a gigantic assault on an office building with both sides using heavy machine guns.
Rich and beautiful Helen King is about to marry Steve Carlyle, a wealthy young professional. Unknown to Helen and her family, Steve is a legal advisor to a megalomaniac gangster Goldie Gorio.
Steve wishes to leave the rackets but Goldie reintroduces him to his future father-in-law, a rival gangster where both parties see the marriage as a symbol of peace and an end of violence in their transactions. Steve remains with Goldie and fills in for him to a visit to a rival gangster's boat where he is ambushed and nearly killed by their machine gun. Helen vows revenge on Goldie.