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The Vice Squad (1931)

A diplomat is blackmailed by crooked vice cops into helping them frame prostitutes.

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John Cromwell
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Lukas ... Stephen Lucarno
Kay Francis ... Alice Morrison
Judith Wood ... Madeleine Hunt
William B. Davidson ... Magistrate Tom Morrison
Rockliffe Fellowes ... Detective-Sergeant Mather (as Rockcliffe Fellowes)
Esther Howard ... Josie
Monte Carter Monte Carter ... Max Miller - Public Defender
Juliette Compton ... Ambassador's Wife
G. Pat Collins ... Pete - Detective
Phil Tead ... Tony - Waiter
Davison Clark Davison Clark ... Doctor
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... Night Court Attendant
James Durkin ... Second Magistrate
William Arnold William Arnold ... Prosecutor
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A diplomat is blackmailed by crooked vice cops into helping them frame prostitutes.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kvinnofällan See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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At the Ambassador's Ball, the orchestra is playing 'Falling in Love Again' from The Blue Angel. This scene is set in 1929 or earlier, as there is a title which moves the action two years on after this, and The Vice Squad was released in 1931. 'Falling in Love Again' did not become well-known as a hit song until 1930. See more »

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Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

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Stool pigeon...
19 February 2019 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

...ha cha cha cha. So sang Kid Creole and the Coconuts and this must have inspired the writers to embark on a 'stoolie' story. The outcome is an attack on the corrupt police in the Vice Squad. After the dramatic killing of a policeman by Ambassador's wife, Juliette Compton at the film's beginning, Paul Lukas (Stephen) is left to take the blame and so is blackmailed into becoming a police informer. His role becomes one to set up girls to be prosecuted on vagrancy charges, ie, prostitution. However, once kindly Judith Wood (Madeline) is targeted, he has second thoughts about his new profession.

The film is ok, made more interesting by the fact that this is pretty well what actually went on. It has a good social history value. The film also depicts idiot policemen getting their come-uppance. This happens at the beginning of the film when the rozza books Lukas and Compton for 'necking', even though they weren't, after shouting out "Vice Squad" at them. Who does he think he is? Well, Compton sorts him out nicely. Even if it is a bit of a shock.

The film loses its way a bit with Lukas in the lead as he gets s bit mopey and you sometimes can't understand him because of his thick accent. I'd watch it again, though.


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