Crusade Against Rackets (1937)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 53 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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What would an "exploitation" film of the 1930s be without Wheeler Oakman in the cast and Sam Newfield in the director's chair? In Crusade Against Rackets, Oakman is his usual slimy self as Jim Murray, the head of a big-city vice ring. His "cover" is an outwardly respectable beauty parlor, where the girls perform services far above and beyond the call of duty. Innocent manicurist Dona (Lona Andre) is targeted as the ring's latest victim, and boy, does she suffer at the hands of Murray and his confederates. Much of the action takes place in a nightclub, featuring several genuine (and hilariously superfluous) cabaret acts. Among the more grotesque supporting villains is "Good Looking Freddie" (Matty Roubert), who is anything but.

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criminal, dance [art], police, shop, slavery, white-slavery