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The Big Shakedown (1934)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 6 January 1934 (USA)
Racketeers flood the market with counterfeit cosmetics and drugs, causing some tragedies.

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Niven Busch (screenplay), Rian James (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Farrell ... Jimmy Morrell
Bette Davis ... Norma Nelson
Ricardo Cortez ... Dutch Barnes
Glenda Farrell ... Lily 'Lil' Duran
Allen Jenkins ... Lefty
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Sheffner
Dewey Robinson ... Slim
John Wray ... Higgins
Philip Faversham ... John - New Salesman
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Regan - Bartender
Renee Whitney ... Mae LaRue
G. Pat Collins ... Gyp (as George Pat Collins)
Adrian Morris Adrian Morris ... Trigger
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Spike (as Ben Hendricks)
George Cooper ... Shorty
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Storyline

Former bootlegger Nick Barnes pressures neighborhood druggist Jimmy Morrell into making cut-rate drugs. The money makes it possible for Jimmy to marry Norma Frank, a pharmacy clerk. Expecting a baby, she wants Jimmy to quit the racket. Beaten by the mob, Jimmy works on, diluting the medications still further. Norma is rushed to the hospital for a premature delivery and given bogus medication. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shakedown See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director John Francis Dillon. See more »

Quotes

Dutch Barnes: You ain't got enough dough in the register to buy your kitten cream.
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Opening credits are shown over a background of coins and bills. Then the lead actors are shown above their written names. See more »


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From Me to You
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Written by Fabian Andre, Wayne King and Nat Conney
Played on piano at Regan's bar
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Bootleggers Find New Products After Repeal in this Bizarre Film
5 April 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

This is an Odd one to say the Least. Now that Prohibition has been Repealed Bootleggers get into the Fake Cosmetic and Drug Business. Making Generic and Ineffective Products and Slapping Brand Names on the Labels.

There are Scenes that are Downright Bizarre, like a Row of Gangsters Brushing Their Teeth, a Jewish Teenager who keeps a Ledger and Wisecracks about Sales Tax, a Mother Buying Cough Syrup "for her child", "don't wrap it up I'll drink it, I mean carry it that way." A Cat Fight with some Slang Banter that is Priceless, a Miscarriage, a Brutal Torture Scene, and some Moralizing in the End that is so Over the Top it Defies Dramatic License, and there are Others.

Bette Davis Fans can Check this out to see why She was so Disgusted with Light Weight Roles like this that She Fled to England. She Looks Beautiful here but doesn't have much to do. The Film is Worth a Watch for its Strangeness but not much Else. There is a lot of Drug Talk and Pre-Code References to Coke (the drug not the drink) but Nothing Racy or Raunchy.


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