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Lawful Larceny (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 17 August 1930 (USA)
A woman of low morals who runs a gambling operation in her house takes pride in destroying the men she ensnares in her net. One of these men's wives (played by Bebe Daniels) will not let ... See full summary »

Director:

Lowell Sherman

Writers:

Jane Murfin (screenplay), Samuel Shipman (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bebe Daniels ... Marion Dorsey
Kenneth Thomson ... Andrew Dorsey
Lowell Sherman ... Guy Tarlow
Olive Tell ... Vivan Hepburn
Purnell Pratt ... Judge Perry (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Louis Payne ... Davis (as Lou Payne)
Bert Roach ... French
Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Davis
Helene Millard ... Mrs. French
Charles Coleman ... Butler
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A woman of low morals who runs a gambling operation in her house takes pride in destroying the men she ensnares in her net. One of these men's wives (played by Bebe Daniels) will not let her get away with it. She poses as a single girl to get hired by the woman as her secretary and then proceeds to singlehandedly take her operation apart. Written by S.M.

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A drama of disputed love - Sauve...Witty...Real! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 13, 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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You Steal My Husband, I Steal Yours
8 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Bebe Daniels returns from a trip to discover that husband Kenneth Thomson has passed her absence in the company of Olive Tell. Miss Tell runs a home where bored wives may gamble, and bored husbands may gamble and gambol with Miss Tell. Bebe leaves her husband, and goes to work for Miss Tell. Miss Tell explains that it is her job to enchant every man except for her fiance, Lowell Sherman. The first thing Bebe does is to remove her husband's marker from the packet for Miss Tell's bank, marked for collection. The second it to work on Mr. Sherman who, it turns out, has an interesting line of work.

It's based on a stage show, where, it was hoped, important things are said wittily. Unfortunately the director, who is also Mr. Sherman, directs his actors in a very stagey fashion on a two-set stage. Director J. Roy Hunt tries to open up the effects with some camera movement, but the effect is not truly effective. The only actor who comes off particularly well is Mr. Sherman, who gets to comment on the action in a tipsy manner..


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'onesta segretaria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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