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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
André Luguet ...
Max Boncour (as Andre Luguet)
Cecil Cunningham ...
Aunt Hattie Donovan
Terrance Ray ...
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Ollie (scenes deleted)
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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)  »

Also Known As:

L'amore è un racket  »

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Quotes

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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Referenced in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) See more »

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"Love, You Funny Thing (1932) (uncredited)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Played on a radio in Mary's apartment and in Eddie's apartment
Played as background music often
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The title fits the film perfectly
2 October 1999 | by (Albany NY, USA) – See all my reviews



This seedy, downbeat Broadway tale of love, money, ambition, and power makes for an entertaining film. Credit director William Wellman's felicity with the fast-paced Warner Bros style for the no-nonsense, snappy approach. Douglas Fairbanks Jr is very fine as the hardbitten gossip columnist with a fatalistic, romantic side, but Lee Tracy, Ann Dvorak, Frances Dee, Warren Hymer, and, especially, Cecil Cunningham as the conniving Aunt Hattie, do their best to steal the film. And, as this is a pre-code movie, who says a character can't get away with murder?


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