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The Vice Squad(1931)

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  • not nice,or vice...

    • Colin
    • 11/5/16

    'The Vice Squad' (1931) .This pre-code entity concerned crooked cops,a contemporary story by Oliver H.P.Garrett.As a public servant ,Detective Sgt.Mather (Rockliffe Fellowes),heads up a 'vice squad' ,who employes 'stool piegons' who frame young girls for vagrancy,& more.As it developed, a bumbling eastern eureopean embassy worker Stephen Lucarno (Paul Lukas),with an accent to boot,finds himself involved with the ambassador's wife (played by Juliette Compton),parked on a dark street.When a vice squad cop comes by & asks questions,both panic,which leads to the officer being run down in cold blood by her.When officer Mather comes upon the scene,he makes an agreement with Lucarno to cover up the murder of his fellow officer if he agrees to be his 'stool pigeon'.Mather is more than a dirty cop,as later situations do indeed reveal!At his point,director John Cromwell,casts aside a murder investigation,which was unheard of?Film noir! The story then finds the stupid Lucarno breaking off with his friends at an embassy party,who included the ambassador & his wife (the murderer),as well as an American judge Tom Morrison (William Davidson) & his (hot) and stuffy sister Alice (Kay Francis).It seems that Lucarno had stood up snooty Alice,for the not to be betrayed ambassabor's wife-a matter of honor & stupidity for Lucarno.(Kay Francis had too many assets!)The rest of the story found Lucarno as a police informant getting young girls in trouble,until coming to terms with himself, with the help of a set up girl,the good & kind Madeline Hunt (3rd billed Judith Wood),the real hero of his flick who saves him.He also saves her!He also gets even with Sgt.Mather & his 'vice squad',although a murder investigation is not to be known?A silly story with a bad title for a movie-that aint bad!

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