• “Now I’ll Tell” by Mrs. Arnold Rothstein

    1934. USA. Edwin Burke. 87 min.

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • “Now I’ll Tell” by Mrs. Arnold Rothstein

    1934. USA. Written and directed by Edwin Burke. With Spencer Tracy, Helen Twelvetrees, Alice Faye. Arnold Rothstein was a famous bootlegger and gambling czar who figured prominently in the infamous “Black Sox” scandal that revolved around the rigging of the 1919 World Series. In 1909, Rothstein married a New York showgirl named Carolyn Green, who, though estranged, was still his wife at the time of his killing in 1928. She granted Fox Film a $2,500 option on the rights to a proposed memoir on her life with the man Damon Runyon dubbed “The Brain.” In playing America’s best-known Jewish gangster, Tracy relied on writer-director Burke to an unusual degree, and Burke’s coaching paid off in a forceful performance that, while not literally Rothstein, captured the spirit of the man. The studio's efforts to position the film as a biographical picture as well as a crime melodrama went nowhere, and it ended up, like so many other Fox titles on Tracy’s resume, posting a loss. 87 min.

In the Film exhibition Carte Blanche: James Curtis on Spencer Tracy

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