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Love Is a Racket

  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 1932
  • William A Wellman
  • 72 mins

Summary

Jimmy writes the 'Up and Down Broadway' column for the New York Globe, and he is head over heels for Mary. But Mary is more interested in her career and is looking at starring on Broadway with the help of Boncour. However, there is a problem with the rubber checks that she has written. When Jimmy tries to see if they will be held until she can pay them, he finds that they were paid in full by Shaw and now he wants Mary to show her appreciation. But no one except Shaw wants Shaw involved with Mary and it could mean trouble for everyone.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Douglas Fairbanks Jr is the Broadway gossip columnist who falls for an ambitious but financially irresponsible young actress (Frances Dee). She becomes indebted to a ruthless gangster, who then meets with an untimely death. Fairbanks is terrific as the cynical reporter with sudden stardust in his eyes, and he is well supported by a cast that includes Lee Tracy, Lyle Talbot and Ann Dvorak. A pacey comedy/drama, smartly scripted and, under William Wellman's immaculate direction, offering lots of New York nightlife atmosphere.

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Credits

Cast

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Jimmy RussellDouglas Fairbanks Jr
SallyAnn Dvorak
Mary WodehouseFrances Dee
Stanley FiskeLee Tracy
Eddie ShawLyle Talbot
Burney OldsWarren Hymer
Max BoncourAndré Luguet
HattieCecil Cunningham
SeeleyTerrance Ray
OllieWilliam Burress
StinkyGeorge Raft

Crew

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DirectorWilliam A Wellman

Details

Released on
1932-12-12
Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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