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The Vice Squad (1931)

A diplomat is blackmailed by crooked vice cops into helping them frame prostitutes.

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Stephen Lucarno
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Alice Morrison
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Madeleine Hunt
William B. Davidson ...
Magistrate Tom Morrison
Rockliffe Fellowes ...
Detective-Sergeant Mather (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
Esther Howard ...
Josie
Monte Carter ...
Max Miller - Public Defender
Juliette Compton ...
Ambassador's Wife
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Pete - Detective
Phil Tead ...
Tony - Waiter
Davison Clark ...
Doctor
Tom Wilson ...
Night Court Attendant
James Durkin ...
Second Magistrate
William Arnold ...
Prosecutor
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A diplomat is blackmailed by crooked vice cops into helping them frame prostitutes.

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Crime | Drama

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30 May 1931 (USA)  »

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Kvinnofällan  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

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Effective drama about moral choice
14 January 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Intelligent drama benefits from literate script and a sensitive central performance by Paul Lukas, well cast as a diplomat blackmailed by corrupt vice cops into entrapping prostitutes. Lukas nicely balances a shabby gentility with despair as he's driven to drink in lowdown Greenwich Village dives to forget his "dirty" job. Choosing between sleek Kay Francis and blonde Judith Wood presents a romantic dilemma paralleling the moral decision he must make. Esther Howard--a longtime character actress and Preston Sturges favorite--here looks unrecognizably youthful as a salty-tongued artist's model.


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