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Love Is a Racket (1932)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 18 June 1932 (USA)
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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Sally Condon
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Mary Wodehouse
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Stanley Fiske
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Edward Griswold 'Eddie' Shaw
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Burney Olds
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Max Boncour (as Andre Luguet)
Cecil Cunningham ...
Aunt Hattie Donovan
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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18 June 1932 (USA)  »

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L'amore è un racket  »

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Stanley Fiske: Well I'll be a double-jointed son of a b... Bulgarian acrobat.
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Referenced in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) See more »

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In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by John Siras and Jack Little
Played on a radio in Eddie Shaw's apartment
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Dramatically Crude
16 April 2000 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

This is a shapeless, dramatically crude time waster from director William Wellman's early years. He does a poor job of establishing characters and conflicts, and the result is a film without any forward thrust or momentum - nothing ever really comes into focus. There's a lot going on, but the viewer is never engaged by it - it's curious how none of it seems to matter very much.

Considering what a dynamite cast Wellman had to work with (Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Lee Tracy, Frances Dee), it's quite a disappointment. The surprise here, to me, is Fairbanks Jr. He is one cocky, dashing performer; a classic leading man, and his technique is remarkably fresh and contemporary - not overwrought and dated like some other actors of the period.


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