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Paid
Directed by Sam Wood
Produced by Sam Wood
Written by Play:
Bayard Veiller
Adaptation:
Lucien Hubbard
Adaptation & Dialogue:
Charles MacArthur
Starring Joan Crawford
Robert Armstrong
Kent Douglass
Music by Yellen & Ager
Cinematography Charles Rosher
Editing by Hugh Wynn
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) December 30, 1930
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Paid (1930) is a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film starring Joan Crawford, Robert Armstrong, and Kent Douglass in a story about a wrongly accused ex-convict who seeks revenge, within the law, on those who sent her to prison. The film was adapted by Lucien Hubbard and Charles MacArthur from the play, Within the Law by Bayard Veiller. The film was directed and produced by Sam Wood.

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Plot and cast

Unjustly sent to prison, Mary Turner (Crawford) plots revenge upon those who sent her there - district attorney Demarest (Hale Hamilton) and Edward Gilder (Purnell Pratt). Once released she meets Joe Garson (Armstrong), an experienced crook, and together they concoct a breach of promise scam to be perpetrated upon the well-heeled elderly. In an ambitious step, Mary weds her enemy's son Bob Gilder (Douglass). At the end, she has come to terms with her past and seeks peace of mind rather than revenge. A subplot involves a police-thwarted heist of a painting and the capture of Mary's comrade-in-crime Garson. Cast includes Marie Prevost and Polly Moran as Mary's fellow prison inmates.

Reception

Photoplay commented, "The story is absorbing and Joan is simply grand!" The New York Times noted, "Miss Crawford and Miss Prevost are very good in their roles."[1]

Adaptations

Paid was remade in Bollywood as the film Intequam (1969) starring Sadhana.

See also

References

  1. ^ Quirk, Lawrence J.. The Films of Joan Crawford. The Citadel Press, 1968.

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