Playing Around (1930)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Jan 19, 1930 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Adapted from Vina Delmar's Sheba, Playing Around stars saucer-eyed blonde Alice White as Bronx stenographer Sheba Miller. Though she's sweet on 30-buck-per-week soda jerk Jack (William Bakewell), Sheba craves excitement and finds it in the arms of two-bit hoodlum Nick Solomon (Chester Morris). Unaware that Nick is a crook (she's that dumb), Sheba wises up in a hurry when her new boyfriend holds up the drugstore run by her own father (Richard Carlyle). Nick shoots down the old fellow and winds up in jail, whereupon the sadder-but-wiser Sheba returns to true-blue Jack. A holdover from the "flapper" era, Alice White had a tough time acclimating herself to talkies, but she makes a game effort to perform a couple of arbitrarily inserted song-and-dance numbers.

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bad-guy, father, gangster, killing, love, love-triangle, robbery, romance, woman, working-class