Love is a Racket

Love is a Racket

Director: William Wellman Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ann Dvorak, Frances Dee

DVD (Full Frame)

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James Cagney was originally pegged to play brash Broadway columnist Jimmy Russell in this pleasant if somewhat lightweight newspaper yarn, but when director William Wellman called "action," Douglas Fairbanks Jr. had replaced him. In love with pretty actress Mary Wodehouse (Frances Dee), Jimmy can only watch as gangster Eddie Shaw (Lyle Talbot) takes on the girl's mounting debt. Sending Jimmy on a wild goose chase to Atlantic City, Shaw then attempts to lure Mary to his penthouse but is instead confronted with the girl's gun-toting Aunt Hattie (Cecil Cunningham). Jimmy manages to escape Shaw's goons and arrives at Shaw's apartment just in time to watch Aunt Hattie hide the murder weapon. There is an attempt at a coverup, and the eventual ruling of the court reads suicide. The ambitious Mary, meanwhile, marries theatrical entrepreneur Max Boncour (André Luguet) and Jimmy vows to stay away from the "love racket" for good. Or at least until gal-pal Sally (Ann Dvorak) can convince him otherwise. Although George Raft is listed in most credits for Love is a Racket, he is not in the surviving print. The drama was retitled Such Things Happen for release in Great Britain, where the word "racket" meant something entirely different.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
UPC: 0883316882467
Original Release: 1932
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:11:00
Sales rank: 34,438

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglas Fairbanks Jimmy Russell
Ann Dvorak Sally Condon
Frances Dee Mary Wodehouse
Lee Tracy Stanley Fiske
Lyle Talbot Edward Griswold Shaw
André Luguet Max Boncour
Warren Hymer Bernie Olds
William Burress Ollie
Terrance Ray Seeley
Marjorie Peterson Hat Check Girl
Eddie Kane Captain of Waiters
Cecil Cunningham Aunt Hattie
John Marston Curley John
Gino Corrado Waiter
George Ernest Little Boy
Matt McHugh Tipster
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Elevator Operator
Lillian Worth Girl
George Raft Sneaky

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
William Holmes Editor
Jack Okey Art Director
Courtney Terrett Screenwriter

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