Tight Shoes (film)

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Tight Shoes
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Directed by Albert S. Rogell
Based onTight Shoes
by Damon Runyon
Produced by Jules Levey
Starring Leo Carrillo
John Howard
Broderick Crawford
Cinematography Elwood Bredell
Edited by Otto Ludwig
Music by H. J. Salter
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • June 13, 1941 (1941-06-13)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited States

Tight Shoes is a 1941 American comedy film directed by Albert S. Rogell and starring Leo Carrillo, John Howard, and Broderick Crawford. It is based on the Damon Runyon story.



Shoe store owner Amalfi (Leo Carrillo) is forced by crook Speedy Miller (Broderick Crawford) to allow the business to be a front for illegal gambling. Miller works for a crime boss Horace Grover "the Brain" (Samuel S. Hinds), managing editor of a newspaper. Jimmy Rupert (John Howard) is a clerk in the store and sells a pair of shoes to Miller that are too small and hurt his feet. Distracted by his pinched feet in the "tight shoes", Miller places a losing bet on the horse named Feet First.

A fight ensues with his girlfriend Sybil Ash (Binnie Barnes) and she leaves him. He blames his loss on Rupert and gets him fired from the shoe store. In response, Rupert complains about crooked politicians who allow crime to flourish, and successfully runs for office. He is opposed by the newspaper, but supported by Miller's ex-girlfriend Sybil Ash. On the day he wins the election, Rupert and Ash are engaged to be married. Amalfi ends up hiring Miller as a clerk in his store. On the wedding day, Miller sends a pair of "tight shoes" to Rupert as a wedding gift but Ruth, Jimmy's ex-girlfriend, suspects the shoe box in actually a bomb. After he delivers the shoes, Miller is knocked out by Ruth, who explains to Ash her conviction about the "bomb." The two women start fighting, with Jimmy in the middle. Jimmy stops the fight by throwing Ash into a flower arrangement. Miller wakes up, but before he can strike Jimmy, he is stopped by Grover, whom he exposes as The Brain. When Grover exits with the district attorney, the two couples begin fighting, and eventually become reunited and married as originally intended. [1]


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  1. "Tight Shoes". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved October 24, 2021.