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Love Is a Racket (1932)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  18 June 1932 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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He puts the unfair sex on the spot (print ad)

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L'amore è un racket  »

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James 'Jimmy' Russell: [Giving her a gift of 'nylon' stockings] Here you are, ya' peroxide pirate.
Switchboard Operator: Oh, Mr. Russell... they're lovely! And extra length, too!
James 'Jimmy' Russell: Yeah... winter'll soon be here.
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In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
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a racket indeed
24 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. decides that "Love is a Racket" in this 1932 film directed by William Wellman and also starring Ann Dvorak, Frances Dee and Lee Tracy. Fairbanks Jr. is Jimmy Russell, who writes a Broadway beat column. He's in love with a young actress (Dee) who finds herself in debt to a criminal and asks Jimmy for help.

The story is okay, with a twist at the end. What impressed me the most is how underrated Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is. He's just wonderful here, as he has been in many other films - perhaps he never got that one breakthrough role. He was in an era of stultifying competition - Errol Flynn, Brian Aherne, David Niven, Ronald Colman - but acting-wise, he was very versatile, talented and charming.

The acting overall is quite good and doesn't suffer from some of the melodramatic work seen in early films.


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