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The Ruling Voice (1931)

TV-G | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 31 October 1931 (USA)
For the love and respect of his daughter, a crime boss reconsiders his involvement in the extortion racket he's built.

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For the love and respect of his daughter, a crime boss reconsiders his involvement in the extortion racket he's built.

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In the opening scenes of Jack Bannister at his desk the ornament on the desktop appears to be microphone. See more »

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Neapolitan Nights
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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
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Powerful Pre-Noir
18 January 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

As he is in "Night Court," Walter Huston is superb in this harsh early mob story. Some might think his change of heart over daughter Loretta Young sentimental but not I. It is psychologically plausible and doesn't sell out the rough nature of the story. Not much ends happily, though the path for Young and David Manners -- a highly improbable couple -- does clear.

Huston is probably best known for "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." To me, he is first and foremost the fine American businessman in the lovely "Dodsworth." He was very convincing in these earlier unsympathetic roles, though. This movie pulls no punches and has some scary scenes. It doesn't seem at all dated. It could have been made 70 years later -- but teenagers wouldn't be interested so it wouldn't have been.


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