The Pay-Off


A thug (Hugh Trevor) robs a young engaged couple (Marian Nixon and William Janney) of their last few dollars. When the thug's gang boss (Lowell Sherman) hears of the robbery, he gives them back their money and takes them under his wing. The thug, resentful of the couple, plans to organize a mutiny against the gang's boss, but when he is killed in a botched robbery, the police focus their attention on the young couple.

The Payoff is a 1942 American film directed by Arthur Dreifuss.

Plot summary

Reporter Brad MacKay investigates the murder on the District Attorney who had tried to prosecute a syndicate that is involved in sleeze and local corruption. He has been using an undercover assistant DA Walker.


  • Lee Tracy as Brad McKay
  • Tom Brown (actor) as Guy Norris
  • Tina Thayer as Phyllis Walker
  • Evelyn Brent as Alma Doren
  • Jack La Rue as John Angus
  • Ian Keith as Police Inspector Thomas
  • Robert Middlemass as Norris - Newspaper Publisher
  • John Maxwell (actor) as Moroni - Reporter
  • John Sheehan (actor) as Police Sergeant Brenen
  • Harry C. Bradley as Dr. Steele
  • Forrest Taylor as Hugh Walker
  • Pat Costello (actor) as Reporter Pat

Category:1942 films
Category:American films
Category:American mystery films
Category:1940s crime films
Category:American crime thriller films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Films about journalists
Category:Producers Releasing Corporation films

Henry Hobart, William LeBaron

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