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Love Is a Racket (1932)

 -  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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Complete credited cast:
Jimmy Russell
Sally Condon
Frances Dee ...
Mary Wodehouse
Lee Tracy ...
Stanley Fiske
Eddie Shaw
Warren Hymer ...
Bernie Olds
André Luguet ...
Max Boncour (as Andre Luguet)
Cecil Cunningham ...
Terrance Ray ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Burress ...
Ollie (scenes deleted)
Sneaky (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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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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Cynicism draped with roses
16 April 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This almost seventy-five year old programmer holds up amazingly well due in large part to the skilled acting of the leads, a witty script that keeps everything lighthearted, and the masterful direction of William A. Wellman. The title may sound silly but if the viewer watches the entire film, "Love is a Racket" is explained by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. at the very end via a harangue on the ephemeral nature of romantic love.

Filled with cynicism draped with roses Fairbanks learns about love from all the wrong people, in particular from the wily, ambitious Mary Wodehouse (Frances Dee), who has been spoiled rotten by her Aunt Hattie Donovan. Seems Mary has been bouncing checks and wants Jimmy Russell (Fairbanks) to bail her out. When he attempts to retrieve the hot checks by asking the holders to wait a while before cashing them, he learns that a mobster has picked them up already. When Jimmy finds the mobster dead, he takes possession of the checks and makes it all look like a suicide unawares that his columnist buddy, Stanley Fiske (Lee Tracy), is watching.

This little gem from the early days of the Great Depression is well worthwhile and still entertaining even after seven decades.

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