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The Vice Squad (1931)

A diplomat is blackmailed by crooked vice cops into helping them frame prostitutes.

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Complete credited cast:
... Stephen Lucarno
... Alice Morrison
... Madeleine Hunt
... Magistrate Tom Morrison
... Detective-Sergeant Mather (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
... Josie
Monte Carter ... Max Miller - Public Defender
... Ambassador's Wife
... Pete - Detective
... Tony - Waiter
Davison Clark ... Doctor
Tom Wilson ... Night Court Attendant
... Second Magistrate
William Arnold ... Prosecutor
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A diplomat is blackmailed by crooked vice cops into helping them frame prostitutes.

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30 May 1931 (USA)  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Effective drama about moral choice
14 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Intelligent drama benefits from literate script and a sensitive central performance by Paul Lukas, well cast as a diplomat blackmailed by corrupt vice cops into entrapping prostitutes. Lukas nicely balances a shabby gentility with despair as he's driven to drink in lowdown Greenwich Village dives to forget his "dirty" job. Choosing between sleek Kay Francis and blonde Judith Wood presents a romantic dilemma paralleling the moral decision he must make. Esther Howard--a longtime character actress and Preston Sturges favorite--here looks unrecognizably youthful as a salty-tongued artist's model.


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