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The Big Shakedown (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 January 1934 (USA)
Racketeers flood the market with counterfeit cosmetics and drugs, causing some tragedies.

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Niven Busch (screenplay), Rian James (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Jimmy Morrell
Bette Davis ... Norma Nelson
Ricardo Cortez ... Dutch Barnes
Glenda Farrell ... Lily 'Lil' Duran
Allen Jenkins ... Lefty
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Sheffner
Dewey Robinson ... Slim
John Wray ... Higgins
Philip Faversham ... John - New Salesman
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Regan - Bartender
Renee Whitney ... Mae LaRue
G. Pat Collins ... Gyp (as George Pat Collins)
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Trigger
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Spike (as Ben Hendricks)
George Cooper ... Shorty
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Storyline

Former bootlegger Nick Barnes pressures neighborhood druggist Jimmy Morrell into making cut-rate drugs. The money makes it possible for Jimmy to marry Norma Frank, a pharmacy clerk. Expecting a baby, she wants Jimmy to quit the racket. Beaten by the mob, Jimmy works on, diluting the medications still further. Norma is rushed to the hospital for a premature delivery and given bogus medication. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shakedown See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director John Francis Dillon. See more »

Quotes

Dutch Barnes: You ain't got enough dough in the register to buy your kitten cream.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a background of coins and bills. Then the lead actors are shown above their written names. See more »

Connections

Referenced in This Is Your Life: Bette Davis (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Losing You
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel Pokrass
Played on the radio in the apartment
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"My tomatoes blew up."
7 April 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Pharmacist Charles Farrell goes into business with gangster Ricardo Cortez making counterfeit toothpaste and cosmetics. Soon Cortez wants to branch out into making medication, which Farrell isn't happy about. But Farrell wants to marry fiancée Bette Davis and give her financial security. Early Bette flick before she had really developed her style. She's fine but there's not a lot for her to do through most of the picture but worry about her guy. Charles Farrell is OK. Ricardo Cortez is a great bad guy as usual. Nice supporting cast includes Glenda Farrell, Allen Jenkins, and Henry O'Neill. Fun cat fight between Glenda Farrell and Renee Whitney. Exciting climax you will not be able to predict!


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