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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
Warren Hymer ...
Burney Olds
André Luguet ...
Max Boncour (as Andre Luguet)
Cecil Cunningham ...
Aunt Hattie Donovan
Terrance Ray ...
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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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18 June 1932 (USA)  »

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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
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by John Siras and Jack Little
Played on a radio in Eddie Shaw's apartment
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Just okay...
20 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. plays a worldly-wise newspaperman whose beat is Broadway. He always seems to be one step ahead of everyone and is never a chump...except when it comes to one woman (Frances Dee). This lady has written some bad checks and he decides to help her. However, it all ends up backfiring on him. It's a shame, as his lovely assistant (Ann Dvorak) can't get him to notice her. When his lady love gets in trouble, he decides to help her....with results he never anticipated. Along for the ride are Lee Tracy as his sidekick and Lyle Talbot as the tough guy who has the rubber checks.

While this isn't a bad film, it isn't all that great either. One way I knew this is that as I watched, I kept finding my attention drifting. The dialog is a bit snappy but there just seems to be SOMETHING missing. I think it's fun...and perhaps an interesting plot. A time-passer and nothing more.


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