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I Know Everybody and Everybody's Racket (1933)

Walter Winchell befriends a sassy pickpocket and then gets blamed for missing money.

Director:

Monte Brice

Writers:

Mark Hellinger (story), Sig Herzig (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Walter Winchell ... Himself
Paul Whiteman ... Himself / Orchestra Leader (as Paul Whiteman and Orchestra)
Ruth Etting ... Herself
Arthur Tracy Arthur Tracy ... Himself (as The Street Singer)
Arthur Jarrett ... Himself (as Art Jarrett)
Irene Taylor Irene Taylor ... Herself / Singer
Jack Fulton ... Himself / Singer
The Rhythm Boys The Rhythm Boys ... Themselves / Singing Group
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Storyline

At an exclusive Manhattan nightclub/speakeasy, N.Y. Mirror gossip columnist Walter Winchell is met by a starry-eyed blonde that says she's also a columnist, back in "Lancaster". Which particular town of that name isn't given but we're told it's decidedly a hick place. So he takes her in and dazzles her with peeks at some famous (or then famous) stars, mutely sitting at other tables. Paul Whiteman and his current version of the Rythm boys do a number. Two gangsters that apparently are good buddies with Winch share a lot of inside rum-running shop talk. At length, the girl reporter is exposed as a lady dip, and he angrily sends her off in a taxi. Written by WesternOne1

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Musical | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Astoria, New York, USA

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

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Music by Oley Speaks
Lyrics by Clinton Scollard
Performed by Jack Fulton with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra (conducted by Harry Goldfield)
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Entertaining
21 August 2017 | by MaliejandraSee all my reviews

Walter Winchell feels like he knows everyone and what they're about. He's bored and doesn't want to bore his audiences with the same old gossip. When a pretty young reporter (Joan Castle) from out of town comes to his table, he enthusiastically welcomes her and begins introducing her to everyone. He introduces Paul Whiteman and the Rhythm Boys (minus Bing Crosby) and points out Ruth Etting. He also brings her into a conversation with a couple of noted gangsters, which doesn't turn out the way he planned.

Winchell had loads of personality and makes a good star of this fun short, a nice combination of "look at the celebrities" and a simple story.

I saw this film screened at Capitolfest in 2017.


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