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Love Is a Racket (1932)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 18 June 1932 (USA)
Jimmy writes the 'Up and Down Broadway' column for the New York Globe, and he is head over heels for Mary. But Mary is more interested in her career and is looking at starring on Broadway ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Rian James (based on the novel by), Courtney Terrett (adaptation) (as Courtenay Terrett)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jimmy Russell
Ann Dvorak ... Sally Condon
Frances Dee ... Mary Wodehouse
Lee Tracy ... Stanley Fiske
Lyle Talbot ... Edward Griswold 'Eddie' Shaw
Warren Hymer ... Burney Olds
André Luguet ... Max Boncour (as Andre Luguet)
Cecil Cunningham ... Aunt Hattie Donovan
Terrance Ray Terrance Ray ... Seeley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Burress William Burress ... Ollie (scenes deleted)
George Raft ... Sneaky (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Jimmy writes the 'Up and Down Broadway' column for the New York Globe, and he is head over heels for Mary. But Mary is more interested in her career and is looking at starring on Broadway with the help of Boncour. However, there is a problem with the rubber checks that she has written. When Jimmy tries to see if they will be held until she can pay them, he finds that they were paid in full by Shaw and now he wants Mary to show her appreciation. But no one except Shaw wants Shaw involved with Mary and it could mean trouble for everyone. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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He puts the unfair sex on the spot (print ad)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amore è un racket See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mary's $3,000 in bad checks she tells Jimmy about would equate to over $51,000 in 2017. See more »

Quotes

Stanley Fiske: Well I'll be a double-jointed son of a b... Bulgarian acrobat.
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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

"Love, You Funny Thing (1932) (uncredited)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Played on a radio in Mary's apartment and in Eddie's apartment
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Understandable
18 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The title is something Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. concludes at the end of this film. Perfectly understandable after all he goes through in the running time.

Fairbanks is a reporter on the Broadway beat modeled after of course Walter Winchell who was just going into high gear in his career. The column that Fairbanks writes dishes dirt on both the Broadway and gangland scene and how they mix on more than one occasion. As such he's made an enemy out of gangster Lyle Talbot whom I think is based on Owney Madden.

Promising Broadway newcomer Frances Dee has gotten into a nice jackpot with bum checks that Talbot has assumed the debts for. He wants payment however one way or another.

Fairbanks is crazy about her even though Ann Dvorak is crazy about him. He certainly goes above and beyond for her in the film and no good deed goes unpunished.

Lee Tracy has a nice part in a sidekick role for Fairbanks. Warren Hymer is one of Talbot's gunsills. Hymer has a little more menace to him than usual, but just as dumb.

This is a nice pre-Code drama, note some of the items when the camera goes to Fairbanks's column. Some really nice and saucy double entendre there.

In the best Walter Winchell style of course.


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