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The Beast of the City (1932)

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Release Date: Feb 13, 1932 Wide

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A reluctantly appointed police chief in a crime-riddled city takes his job seriously and works hard to clean the streets of gangsters and to shape up his own corrupt department in this brutal, gritty film noir. Jean Harlow plays a luminescent but ill-fated gun moll. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

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Harlow plays the quintessential gangster's moll.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
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Walter Huston and Jean Harlow make the screen sizzle.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Overblown antique that would be forgotten except for fans of Huston were it not for the presence of Jean Harlow in the cast. In her last supporting role before Red Headed Woman moved her to the top of the MGM pecking order she is cheap, brassy and sexual in a way that would disappear once the Hays Code went into effect in a few years. As for the rest of the film, it has pieces of dialogue that are wildly inappropriate in both racial and feminist context but were standard at the time. Huston's performance is variable, mostly good but with some ham-fisted touches but he is subtlety itself compared to Tully Marshall as the defense attorney who is so florid during one of his speeches it's impossible to keep a straight face. The climax is another piece of over the top absurdity but if you're a Harlow fan the film is worth watching.
November 1, 2013
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