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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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John Cromwell
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Lukas ... Stephen Lucarno
Kay Francis ... Alice Morrison
Judith Wood ... Madeleine Hunt
William B. Davidson ... Magistrate Tom Morrison
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Detective-Sergeant Mather (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
Esther Howard ... Josie
Monte Carter Monte Carter ... Max Miller - Public Defender
Juliette Compton ... Ambassador's Wife
G. Pat Collins ... Pete - Detective
Phil Tead ... Tony - Waiter
Davison Clark Davison Clark ... Doctor
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... Night Court Attendant
James Durkin ... Second Magistrate
William Arnold William Arnold ... Prosecutor
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A diplomat is blackmailed by crooked vice cops into helping them frame prostitutes.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kvinnofällan See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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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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At the Ambassador's Ball, the orchestra is playing 'Falling in Love Again' from The Blue Angel. This scene is set in 1929 or earlier, as there is a title which moves the action two years on after this, and The Vice Squad was released in 1931. 'Falling in Love Again' did not become well-known as a hit song until 1930. See more »

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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

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The Vicious Vice Squad...
21 April 2014 | by binapiraeusSee all my reviews

Now THIS pre-Code movie is a clear and courageous accusation of the wrongs in American society in the early 30s if ever there was one: a DIRECT attack on the 'famous' Vice Squad and its methods for bringing as many 'party girls' (a euphemism for prostitutes) to 'justice' in order to protect American morals. It doesn't hesitate to depict their way of 'working' in detail: they pick men in need, or in trouble with the law, as stool pigeons to trap the unsuspecting girls and catch them 'in flagranti' - in this case, the forced stool pigeon is a former member of a foreign embassy, who got innocently involved in a murder case; and for two years, he's being used by the ruthless police captain to ruin the lives of countless girls, until he literally can't look at himself in the mirror anymore, becomes an alcoholic, and attempts suicide. He's saved by a nice, innocent young girl - but very soon, she becomes a target of the 'Vice Squad' as well; and only he can save her reputation, by telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth...

With the help of an excellent cast and a first-class script and direction, "Vice Squad" became one of the VERY few movies (and of course, it would under NO circumstances have been granted a seal three years later) that OPENLY, and in NO way humorously, accuses the police methods as well as the overall social odds during the first years of the Great Depression; it will forever remain a time document for everyone to see - just in case history books might be altered over the years and the social evils of the era should be 'whitewashed'...


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