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The Pace That Kills (1928)

 |  Drama  |  December 1928 (USA)
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Young farmboy leaves for the big city to get a job and find his sister; both of them get involved with drug dealers and become opium/cocaine addicts.

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Young farmboy leaves for the big city to get a job and find his sister; both of them get involved with drug dealers and become opium/cocaine addicts. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Demon Dope
25 January 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

It's a fairly typical Willis Kent film: innocent farm boy goes to the city and falls prey to them evil slickers and their recreational drugs. This was the year when SUNRISE came out, with much same story, so it was a dependable theme. Kent split his productions between this sort of exploitation film and B westerns well into the 1950s.

It's well handled here and the photography is quite lovely. That's hardly surprising, given that this is the first time that Ernest Laszlo was credited as director of photography. His career would stretch into the 1970s with some great movies to his credit and even here, in a cheaply made feature for small town audiences, his work is excellent.

What is most remarkable about this picture is its sure-handed competence in every department. The biggest name in the cast at the time of production was Florence Turner. In the last year that Hollywood would struggle to save silent movies, minor works like this show how commonplace excellence was.


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