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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 »

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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)

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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18 June 1932 (USA)  »

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L'amore è un racket  »

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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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Alternate-language version of L'athlète incomplet (1932) See more »

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"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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pretty good D Fairbanks jr flick
14 December 2007 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

A "pretty good" starring role for the dashing Douglas Fairbanks jr, who had good movies and bad movies. Here, he is a newspaper reporter Jimmy Russell, trying to catch a gal who cannot seem to settle down. Co stars are Ann Dvorak (Merrily we Live and Three on a Match) and Frances Dee (Little Women, Human Bondage), and Lee Tracy (Dinner at Eight), who has a most interesting biography on his page on IMDb. Oddly, we don't really know much about his character in this movie... he's just kind of there. Dedicated black- and- white- movie watchers will see Eddie Kane and Gino Corrado, who play waiters at Sardi's restaurant – they were assistants or sidekicks in just about every movie made since dirt was invented. Of course Russell (Fairbanks) has an adversarial relationship with his newspaper boss (although this film probably pre-dated most of the others that used that ploy).... and there are a couple of other hard to believe things going on here, but I won't spoil any plot monkey-business. Watch for the cool telephone gadget at the very beginning....and a long, lecture on love and life at the very end.


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