A gangster who operates a sleazy dance hall uses a sadistic bodyguard to keep his girls afraid and his customers in line.

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Timothy Farrell ...
Lenny Bruce ...
Vincent
Bernie Jones ...
Punky - The Swedish Sailor
Honey Bruce Friedman ...
Rose (as Honey Harlow)
Sally Marr ...
Hostess
Bunny Parker ...
Dancehall Girl
Joie Abrams ...
Dancehall Girl
Ronald Lee
Bill King
Mary Holiday ...
Dancehall Girl
Frankie Mann ...
Dancehall Girl
Harry Keaton
'Killer' Joe Piro ...
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A merchant marine seaman is found murdered and suspicion falls upon the operator of a dime-a-dance honky tonk joint. A federal undercover agent is planted in the place to gather evidence, and he soon learns that the dive is only a cover-up for diamond-smuggling activities, and that one of the operation's henchmen, who is handy with a switch-blade knife, is the killer. Before they can be arrested, the henchman kills his boss and is shot while trying to escape. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Vincent: Big deal! I killed a guy, it just makes me a criminal.
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11 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Dance Hall Racket (1953)

* (out of 4)

Before turning to stand up comedy, legendary Lenny Bruce wrote and starred in this film from director Phil Tucker who is best known for the infamous Robot Monster. Vic (Bruce) tries to rise from a small town racket to a higher up gangster but there's a price to pay. The viewer pays a price as well because this is quite dreadful but thankfully it's bad enough to where you can laugh at it. The acting, including Bruce, is beyond awful. Bruce is so bad killing people that this gets the biggest laughs but the death scenes are also hilarious. Timothy Farrell of Glen or Glenda? fame co-stars.


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