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Vanity Street (1932)

A NYC police-detective rescues a down-and-out showgirl from a bad situation, gets her a job in the 'Follies", and falls in love with her. Then, as he is about to lead her to the altar, he ... See full summary »

Director:

Nick Grinde

Writers:

Frank Cavett (story), Edwards Roberts (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Bickford ... Brian Murphy
Helen Chandler ... Jeanie Gregg
Mayo Methot ... Fern Cavan
George Meeker ... Val French
Arthur Hoyt ... Albert Kerr- aka Mr. Tidy
Raymond Hatton ... Shorty
Ruth Channing ... Rose Marie
Dolores Ray Dolores Ray ... Susan
Claudia Morgan ... Lou
Ann Fay Ann Fay ... Mary Ann (as Anne Fay)
Kathrin Clare Ward Kathrin Clare Ward ... Mrs. Truitt - Mary Ann's Mother
May Beatty May Beatty ... Mrs. Dantry
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Grogan (as Dutch Hendrian)
Eddie Boland Eddie Boland ... Joe
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A NYC police-detective rescues a down-and-out showgirl from a bad situation, gets her a job in the 'Follies", and falls in love with her. Then, as he is about to lead her to the altar, he has to arrest her for a murder she did not commit. He sets out to find the real killer and clear her name. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rua da Vaidade See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Great Little Film
25 December 2014 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Nifty and fast-paced pre-Code film has Helen Chandler homeless and starving, so she tosses a brick through a drugstore window so she can be arrest and get some food and sleep. But the tables are turned by big-hearted cop (Charles Bickford) takes her under his wing and into his apartment to look after her. He also gets her a job as a chorus girl where she attracts the attention of slimy Val (George Meeker) who preys upon women.

Seems he's also been robbing fading star Fern Cavan (Mayo Methot) blind, and when she quits her starring role in the show, he cleans out her safe and leaves to flat, using the money to lure Chandler into his "high life." Chandler takes the bait after she gives up waiting for Bickford to take a romantic interest in her. But when the faded star realizes her money is gone, she goes into action.

Helen Chandler is wonderful and remains one of the underrated stars of early talkies. Charles Bickford is good in a rare sympathetic role. George Meeker is appropriately oily, and Mayo Method, best remembered as one of Bogart's wives, has a solid role and is quite good as the troubled star. The print I have from Sony MOD is excellent.


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