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Dance Hall Racket (1953)

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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Complete credited cast:
Timothy Farrell ...
Umberto Scalli
Lenny Bruce ...
Bernie Jones ...
Punky - The Swedish Sailor
Honey Bruce Friedman ...
Rose (as Honey Harlow)
Sally Marr ...
Bunny Parker ...
Dancehall Girl
Joie Abrams ...
Dancehall Girl
Ronald Lee ...
(as Ron Lee)
Bill King
Mary Holiday ...
Dancehall Girl
Frankie Mann ...
Dancehall Girl
Harry Keaton
'Killer' Joe Piro ...
Henchman (as Joe Piro)


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10 out of 10 bad movie!
4 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This has to be one of the worst films ever committed to the cinema, its so bad its a fabulous treat for bad movie buffs, never in the history of Ed Wood could he come up with this beauty, in fact i'd guess he saw this and went on to fame on his own. there is tough slangy talk and a hilarious cat fight and a performance by the late great Lenny Bruce that verges on the impossible, his Jerry Lewis like take just has to be seen to be believed!, I would recommend this movie to anyone who is a bad movie buff, my personal worst ever movie was Mesa of the Lost Women but this has replaced it, its available now on DVD so rush out to your local store and demand it!.

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