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Sex & Nudity

  • It's strongly implied, a Carousel house is a cover for a brothel.
  • It also implied that the owner of the Carousel house and Henry are in a sexual relationship.
  • It's implied that a man and a woman sleep together.
  • Some early scenes take place at a brothel. No sex or nudity is shown.
  • A woman does a strip tease as part of a vaudeville routine, eventually wearing lingerie.

Violence & Gore

  • Woman is shot in the head abruptly.
  • Very little gore. Some people get busted lips or noses from fights
  • Several fistfights and people being punched in the face or stomach.
  • A few scenes of guns being fired at people. These generally miss but in one case a man is shot and killed.
  • A character gets shot in the forehead.


  • The main villan is referred to as "The Big Mick" due to his Irish heritage.
  • 15 religious exclamations, ten crass words or phrases such as "ass" or "bastard," and 23 other instances of cursing.
  • The word "nigger" is used three times in reference to black men, used once as a description of a white person who has black friends, i.e., "nigger lover," and another being used by an African American man to describe himself.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some social drinking, although not as a prominent part of the plot and generally not to intoxication.
  • In one scene a character is shown hungover.
  • In another scene a character pretends to be highly drunk on gin.
  • Some smoking in the movie, although generally in the background.
  • No illegal drug use.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A female character is shot in the head abruptly.
  • There is an intense sequence at the end after two men appear to be shot.
  • If this film were released today, it would likely be something along these lines: PG-13 for some violence, sensuality, language and smoking.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • Near the beginning of the film, a black man has a bloody leg in an alley way. It turns out to be a con with Johnny Hooker for another mans gambling winnings/take from a gambling ring.
  • In the climax of the film two men appear to be shot, with some blood appearing on their faces. In reality they are faking it and get up a minute or two later.

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