The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
*Now I’ll Tell*. 1934. USA. Directed by Edwin J. Burke

Now I’ll Tell. 1934. USA. Directed by Edwin J. Burke. With Spencer Tracy, Helen Twelvetrees, Alice Faye. 35mm. 72 min.

Based on the ghostwritten memoirs of the widow of notorious New York gambler Arnold Rothstein, and further fictionalized by writer-director Edwin J. Burke, this late entry in the gangster cycle is centered on an innovative, naturalistic performance by Spencer Tracy that anticipates the interior focus of Method acting. As the swaggering Murray Golden, Tracy is engagingly amoral as he cheats on his long-suffering wife (the long-suffering Helen Twelvetrees) with a hot-blooded lounge singer (Alice Faye, emulating Jean Harlow in her first dramatic role). Restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film and Television Archive.