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Dance Hall Racket (1953)

A gangster who operates a sleazy dance hall uses a sadistic bodyguard to keep his girls afraid and his customers in line.


Phil Tucker


Lenny Bruce (original story), Lenny Bruce (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Timothy Farrell Timothy Farrell ... Umberto Scalli
Lenny Bruce ... Vincent
Bernie Jones Bernie Jones ... Punky - The Swedish Sailor
Honey Bruce Friedman Honey Bruce Friedman ... Rose (as Honey Harlow)
Sally Marr Sally Marr ... Hostess
Bunny Parker Bunny Parker ... Dancehall Girl
Joie Abrams Joie Abrams ... Dancehall Girl
Ronald Lee Ronald Lee ... (as Ron Lee)
Bill King Bill King
Mary Holiday Mary Holiday ... Dancehall Girl
Frankie Mann Frankie Mann ... Dancehall Girl
Harry Keaton Harry Keaton
'Killer' Joe Piro 'Killer' Joe Piro ... Henchman (as Joe Piro)


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20 February 1953 (USA) See more »

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Screen Classics Inc. See more »
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Vincent: Big deal! I killed a guy, it just makes me a criminal.
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Lenny the Actor
22 September 2003 | by potshotkSee all my reviews

As a devoted fan of Lenny Bruce, I've wanted to see this film for years and if, like me, you're prepared to experience a level of filmmaking that makes Ed Wood look like Orson Wells, you will not be disappointed.

This jaw dropping bit of cinematic excrement features Lenny's stripper wife, Honey Bruce (whose over-the-top make up suggests that she was preparing to audition for Susan Cabot's role in "The Wasp Woman") as a B-Girl and Lenny as the tough guy enforcer for the gangster bar owner. Watch for the scene where Lenny "kills" a guy who pulls Honey's hair by delivering the lamest looking judo chop in cinema history. Watch Lenny hitch up his collar and snap his fingers like a juvenile delinquent in a Jerry Lewis movie.

Timothy Farrel recreates his role as Umberto Scalli from the infamous "Pin-Down Girls" (aka "Racket Girls") and the scene where he and Bruce (who gets the blame/credit for the screenplay, as well) "rough up" a B-girl who's stealing from them will split your sides.

Among the great psychotronic films of all time. Every bit as bad/good as "Robot Monster".

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