A gang of confidence tricksters led by Duryea descends on a small town in southern California intending to cheat Caulfield, the widow of a war hero, out of her savings by having her put up money for a memorial to her late husband. Payne is the smooth-talking front man for the gang, who
finds himself unable to go through with the scheme when he falls in love with the mark. Further complications are added by Winters, Duryea's moll, who has a hankering for Payne. The unhappy ending has Payne turning himself and the whole gang in to the police. Well-crafted entertainment moves at a
good clip and features fine performances by Duryea as the dangerous gang leader and, especially, Winters as the amorous moll. Winters, however, was not happy with the film as it was the first of more than 20 she made in the space of seven years while she was under contract to Universal. Forced by
studio heads to appear in a number of programmers like LARCENY, Winters was so unhappy with the first rushes when she saw them that she cut off most of her hair. The next day the makeup and hair people were shocked, but they managed to do her hair into curls and since the film was shooting in
sequence they wrote a line into the script about Winters getting her hair done. Universal took advantage of the situation by promoting the cut in fan magazines and in Life magazine. Winters liked the new style so much she kept it permanently.
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- Review: A gang of confidence tricksters led by Duryea descends on a small town in southern California intending to cheat Caulfield, the widow of a war hero, out of her savings by having her put up money for a memorial to her late husband. Payne is the smooth-talki… (more)