The Big Shot (1937) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.2/ 10 (59 Votes)

MPAA Ratings

Production Company
RKO Radio Pictures [us] - (presents) (as RKO Pictures, Inc.)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 23 July 1937
(France) - 12 January 1938

Running Time


crusade, deception, druggist, editor, extortion, family-relationships, gambling, gangster, hoax, husband-wife-relationship, inheritance, kidnapping, law-and-order, lawyer, millionaire, moll, newspaper, nouveaux-riches, overbearing-wife, party, photograph, poisoning, police, political-corruption, power-of-attorney,

Technical Support
MET: - (6 reels)
OFM:35 mm
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.37 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Alexander, Richard (I) as (uncredited) [Gate Guard]
  2. Brent, Lynton as (uncredited) [Police Broadcaster]
  3. Clements, Dudley as [Honest John McQuade] <7>
  4. Clifton, Herbert as (uncredited) [Butler]
  5. Craig, Alec as (uncredited) [Druggist]
  6. Dime, James as (uncredited) [Chauffeur Hood]
  7. Fung, Willie as (uncredited) [Wu Ping - the Dry Cleaner]
  8. Geary, Bud as (uncredited) [Policeman]
  9. Gribbon, Eddie as [Soapy - aka Mr. Stratford Enright III] <13>
  10. Guilfoyle, Paul (I) as (scenes deleted) [Undetermined Role]
  11. Harvey, Harry (II) as (uncredited) [Editor]
  12. Herrick, Jack (I) as (uncredited) [Servant]
  13. Hicks, Russell (I) as [Martin Drake] <5>
  14. Hill, Al (I) as [Spots] <14>
  15. Ingraham, Lloyd (I) as (uncredited) [Man Recognizing The Big Shot]
  16. Irving, George (I) as [Police Chief] <8>
  17. Jones, Gordon (I) as [Chester 'Chet' Scott] <4>
  18. Kelly, John (I) as [Deuces] <12>
  19. Kennedy, Tom (I) as [Bugs] <11>
  20. Kerr, Donald (I) as (uncredited) [Snoop 'Mac' - Reporter]
  21. Kibbee, Guy as [Dr. Bertram 'Doc'/'Simmzy' Simms] <1>
  22. Kirke, Donald as [Johnny Cullen] <15>
  23. Low, Jack as (uncredited) [Party Guest]
  24. Miller, Sidney (I) as (uncredited) [Newsboy]
  25. Miller, Walter (I) as (uncredited) [Crusader at Wu Ping's]
  26. O Brien, William J. as (uncredited) [Crusade Recruit]
  27. Roquemore, Henry as (uncredited) [Man Recognizing The Big Shot]
  28. Rosener, George as (uncredited) [Phillips - the Accountant]
  29. Roubert, Matty as (uncredited) [Newsboy]
  30. Smith, Gerald Oliver as (uncredited) [Butler]
  31. Tenbrook, Harry as (uncredited) [Servant]
  32. Thomas, Frank M. as [A.C. Murdock - Newspaper Editor] <6>
  33. Vandergrift, Monte as (uncredited) [Undetermined Role]
  34. Waller, Eddy as (uncredited) [Horace]
  35. Wilson, Harry (I) as (uncredited) [Chauffeur]
  36. Gifford, Frances as (uncredited) [Bertram's Secretary]
  37. Jennings, Maxine (I) as [Gloria - Soapy's Girl, aka Miss Bernice Ackleton] <9>
  38. Moore, Dorothy (I) as [Peggy Simms] <3>
  39. Pepper, Barbara as [Mamie] <10>
  40. Witherspoon, Cora as [Mrs. Elizabeth Simms] <2>


  1. Comedy
  2. Crime
  3. Romance

Full Plot

A small-town veterinarian inherits $2 million from his uncle, whom he hasn't seen for years. He decides to use some of his new-found wealth to fund a clean-up crusade against the gangster element in town. What he doesn't know is that his uncle was the head of the crime syndicate, and those gangsters want to get their hands on his $2 million. Anonymous Plot not found

Total Business

CP: Copyright MCMXXXVII by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. (on print); RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.; 26 July 1937; LP7419 (in copyright registry) PD: May 1937 -

Movie Certificate

Approved (USA)(PCA #3398)


  1. Musuraca, Nicholas (photographed by)


C&C Television Corporation [us] - (1955) (USA) (TV)
RKO Radio Pictures [us] - (1937) (USA) (theatrical) (as A Radio Picture)
Turner Entertainment [us] - (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Hively, Jack (edited by)

Other Titles

  1. Take the Heir (1937) (ENG)
    (USA) (working title)