During a raid on a speakeasy, a cop finds himself attracted to a pretty female employee. Instead of arresting her and taking her to jail, he not only helps her escape but takes her out to ... See full summary »

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(as Albert Kelley), | 1 more credit »

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(based on a play by) (as Philip Dunning), (based on a play by) | 1 more credit »
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Tom Moore ...
Tom
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Julia
Sally Starr ...
Buddy
Robert Agnew ...
Rags (as Bobby Agnew)
John Miljan ...
Chris
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Ben
Lew Kelly ...
Tish
Tom London ...
Hennessy
Eugene Borden ...
Lefty
Jack Byron ...
Duke (as John Byron)
Nita Martan ...
Rita (scenes deleted)
Richard Travers ...
Wardell
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During a raid on a speakeasy, a cop finds himself attracted to a pretty female employee. Instead of arresting her and taking her to jail, he not only helps her escape but takes her out to dinner. Eventually they marry, but it's not long before the new bride starts to yearn for the excitement of her life back at the speakeasy. Against her husband's wishes, she goes back there and is noticed by the joint's owner, who offers her a job. She decides to take the job, leave her husband and go back to her old life, but things don't turn out quite the way she expected. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed
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24 January 1930 (USA)  »

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Lights and Shadows  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Nita Martan was not seen in the movie, although the character of "Rita" is mentioned. There is a possibility that the Turner library print viewed is not complete, since this is known to be an 8-reel movie, while the Turner print, at 70 minutes, would normally be a 7-reel movie. See more »

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Just You, Just Me
(uncredited)
from Marianne (1929)
Words by Raymond Klages
Music by Jesse Greer
© August 9, 1929 & August 13, 1929; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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Balance Sweet Speaks Up
16 July 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

During prohibition, a speakeasy is raided. Good-natured policeman Tom Moore (as Thomas "Tom" Hayes) discovers nightclub singer Blanche Sweet (as Julia Barnes) trying to avoid arrest. Stricken by her beauty, Mr. Moore allows her escape, and the two begin dating. Although they are happily married, Ms. Sweet becomes bored being a housewife and getting along on Moore's meager salary. His gift of a new dress tempts Sweet into sneaking out for the evening. She has fun seeing old friends and sings "He's Good Enough for Me" - signaling her heart remains with Moore... however...

Against Moore's wishes, Sweet accepts a job entertaining at "The Blue Moon" and succumbs to the charms of smarmy boss John Miljan (as Chris Miller). Ironically, Sweet leaves Moore just before he receives a promotion to detective sergeant. Months later, Sweet has been lured into criminal activities with Mr. Miljan, who is unsurprisingly revealed as a gangster lord. When a mugging turns to murder, Moore arrives to investigate...

The "talkie" technology is primitive here, but Sweet does well in her first feature length sound film. While not well remembered today, Blanche Sweet was one of the silent era's most renowned actresses - she was often considered on par with Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish. Like many, Sweet was considered old-fashioned when the medium changed, although her 1930s films reveal her in arguably better stead than her peers. Moore was the brother of silent stars Owen and Matt Moore (Pickford dynasty in-laws). "The Woman Racket" apparently did not advance its co-stars' careers, but it is an enjoyable time capsule.

****** The Woman Racket (1/24/30) Robert Ober, Albert Kelley ~ Blanche Sweet, Tom Moore, John Miljan, Tenen Holtz


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