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Vanity Street (1932)

A NYC police-detective rescues a down-and-out showgirl from a bad situation, gets her a job in the 'Follies", and falls in love with her. Then, as he is about to lead her to the altar, he ... See full summary »

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Brian Murphy
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Jeanie Gregg
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Val French
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Albert Kerr- aka Mr. Tidy
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Shorty
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Rose Marie
Dolores Ray ...
Susan
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Lou
Ann Fay ...
Mary Ann
Kathrin Clare Ward ...
Mrs. Truitt - Mary Ann's Mother
May Beatty ...
Mrs. Dantry
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ...
Grogan
Eddie Boland ...
Joe
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A NYC police-detective rescues a down-and-out showgirl from a bad situation, gets her a job in the 'Follies", and falls in love with her. Then, as he is about to lead her to the altar, he has to arrest her for a murder she did not commit. He sets out to find the real killer and clear her name. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 October 1932 (USA)  »

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Rua da Vaidade  »

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Great Little Film
25 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Nifty and fast-paced pre-Code film has Helen Chandler homeless and starving, so she tosses a brick through a drugstore window so she can be arrest and get some food and sleep. But the tables are turned by big-hearted cop (Charles Bickford) takes her under his wing and into his apartment to look after her. He also gets her a job as a chorus girl where she attracts the attention of slimy Val (George Meeker) who preys upon women.

Seems he's also been robbing fading star Fern Cavan (Mayo Methot) blind, and when she quits her starring role in the show, he cleans out her safe and leaves to flat, using the money to lure Chandler into his "high life." Chandler takes the bait after she gives up waiting for Bickford to take a romantic interest in her. But when the faded star realizes her money is gone, she goes into action.

Helen Chandler is wonderful and remains one of the underrated stars of early talkies. Charles Bickford is good in a rare sympathetic role. George Meeker is appropriately oily, and Mayo Method, best remembered as one of Bogart's wives, has a solid role and is quite good as the troubled star. The print I have from Sony MOD is excellent.


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