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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bloodhounds Of Broadway (1952)

A New York bookie (Scott Brady) and his partner (Wally Vernon) go on the lam when they are subpoenaed by a crime commission investigating  organized crime. While hiding out in Georgia, they find a young orphan (Mitzi Gaynor) and take her under their wing when they return to New York which doesn't make the bookie's mistress (Marguerite Chapman) very happy. Loosely based on a short story by Damon Runyon and directed by Harmon Jones. This minor Fox musical is actually rather sweet. There's not much Runyon in it but it's inoffensive and the musical numbers are pretty good thanks to Robert Sidney's choreography. Gaynor is suitably perky and Brady brings his usual masculine presence in the leads but it's two supporting players who steal the film. Wally Vernon as Brady's hypochondriac partner and Mitzi Green as his sister. Fluff but amiable, you don't need to seek it out but if you come across it, you might just enjoy it. With Michael O'Shea, Charles Bronson, Mary Wickes and Timothy Carey.

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