Review: ‘Love Is a Racket’

A shrewdly-wrought comedy-drama [from the novel by Brooklyn newspaperman Rian James] blending the newspaper locale and gangland. Douglas Fairbanks does a nice job in his role of a quiet and but sophisticated go-getting newspaper columnist who's smart but not smart-aleck, plays the love game with his eyes and his heart both open, and battles or takes it with agreeable grace and jauntiness.

A shrewdly-wrought comedy-drama [from the novel by Brooklyn newspaperman Rian James] blending the newspaper locale and gangland. Douglas Fairbanks does a nice job in his role of a quiet and but sophisticated go-getting newspaper columnist who’s smart but not smart-aleck, plays the love game with his eyes and his heart both open, and battles or takes it with agreeable grace and jauntiness.

Ann Dvorak makes a light part stand out by the neatly-paced playing of a quiet role, and Lee Tracy as a genially humorous reporter is a tower of strength on the comedy side.

Love Is a Racket

Production

Warner. Director William A. Wellman; Screenplay Courtney Terrett; Camera Sid Hickox; Editor William Holmes

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 74 MIN.

With

Douglas Fairbanks Jr Ann Dvorak Frances Dee Lee Tracy Lyle Talbot Andre Luguet
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