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Hoping to get even with gambler/bookie Johnny Silk, racetrack owners and partners Dorval and Farley convince down-and-out Martha Preston to pose as a rich, single French countess, whom Silk falls in love with and asks to marry. After the marriage Martha, who has genuinely fallen in love with Silk, innocently feeds his inside betting information to Dorval, causing Silk to lose a fortune. When she realizes what she's done, she confesses all to her husband, who becomes enraged and orders her out of his life. Faced with poverty, she teams up once again with Dorval as he asks her to betray Silk one last time. Written by
Doug Sederberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mary Astor and Riccardo Cortez worked well together. Here, she is a bad girl. Or she is perceived to be a bad girl. She's in Parish when we meet her. Her dreams of being an artist have fizzled and she's down on her luck.
She marries American gambler Cortez. He's hard-boiled but falls for her right away. She's hard-boiled and doesn't fall for him right away but does eventually. (This is not giving away the plot.) Both are excellent. It is, however, a rather creaky plot. Though the movie was made before the Code, it is not at all racy. The racetrack scenes look authentic and are fun.
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