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In 1928, Big Ed Hanley, boss of a gang of Chicago racketeers, has money and power, but he is bored. Watching some kids play in the park, he sees Ruth Manning and is interested at once. He tells her he has a couple of kids and gives her the job of taking care of them. He moves Mamie in as a housekeeper, but the best he can scrape up as a son is Harry, a pint-sized monster. A couple of henchmen sent by to rub Big Ed out by his rival, Pretty Willie, are relieved of their hardware by Quentin, Ed's butler, and Bugs, his right-hand man. They march them downstairs, supposedly to drop in the river, but actually leave them in a very nice jail maintained by Ed for gangsters who drop by to rub him out. Ed's problems include keeping Ruth, who has begun to like him, from finding out about his activities, increasing his family and keeping uninvited guests from dropping by. Written by
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PAUL DOUGLAS, JEAN PETERS, KEENAN WYNN, CEASER ROMERO, JOAN DAVIS, ARTHUR TREACHER. I don't know about anyone else, but when I see a marquee like this, I just can't resist watching the movie. I never tire of so-called second string movies starring second string stars, so-called. "Love That Brute" is a perfect example. At less than 90 minutes, it doesn't wear out its welcome. Light comedy, yes, but so very well worth watching. To me, the best performance here is by kid actor PETER PRICE as a tough talking, pint size sized mug with an adults eye for a cute tomato. He appeared in only four more movies, which is a shame. Perhaps his role here as junior gangster type cast him. I don't know, but he's just great. The rest of the cast is good too. I'm a fan of each and very one of them. Packing them all into one flick is heaven for someone like me who's a fan of both under appreciated movies and their stars. Also tossed in for good measure are CHARLES LANE, JOE GRAY, JACK ELAM, SID TOMACK and noir regular JAY C. FLIPPEN. They're all faces you know even if ya don't know the names. And if you really love movies, then you're always on the lookout for entertaining films that fall below the Oscar radar but are still fun to see. "Love That Brute" certainly fits the bill. The only thing I really didn't like was the title. Anyway, if you feel like you've seen every movie ever made EXCEPT "Love That Brute" and find it on the Fox Movie Channel one afternoon as I did, tune in. Having felt as though I'VE seen every movie ever made, "Love That Brute" was a great discovery. If it's ever on again and I know about it, I think I'll tune in for another go-around.
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