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Central Park (1932)

Gangsters posing as police officers offer a woman a chance to make money if she helps them out.

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Writers:

Ward Morehouse (screenplay), Earl Baldwin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Dot
Wallace Ford ... Rick
Guy Kibbee ... Policeman Charlie Cabot
Henry B. Walthall ... Eby
John Wray ... Robert Smiley
Harold Huber ... Nick Sarno
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Storyline

Rick and Dot, two penniless New Yorkers, meet and fall in love in Central Park. Promising to meet later, they separate. Dot is picked up by small-time hood Nick Sarno, posing as a police inspector, who promises to pay her $100 to help in a sting operation at a local charity benefit. She agrees, unaware that Nick and his gang are merely using her to steal the charity receipts themselves. Rick, picked up by Sarno for being seen talking to Dot, is held captive by the gang at their hideout. He breaks loose and rushes to the charity affair to try to save Dot before she becomes involved in the heist. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il giardino del diavolo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Willard Robertson is in casting call lists for the role of "Captain of Detectives", but was not seen in the print. See more »

Quotes

Dot: Don't ask me to tell ya. I gave my word I wouldn't. It means a hundred bucks to me.
Rick: A lot to make in one evening - for a girl.
Dot: Yeah, that's what I was thinkin'.
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Connections

Referenced in Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

"Let's Put Out the Lights (and Go to Sleep) (uncredited)
Music by Herman Hupfeld
Played when Nick is fighting with the gangster
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Well faked, and never dull
15 September 2015 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

A Warners B that crams a lot into just under an hour, and belongs to no genre. It's a comedy! It's a tragedy! It's a drama! It's Warner Brothers social consciousness! Joan Blondell and Wallace Ford, both unemployed and living in the titular park, meet, flirt, and get into adventures, mostly involving her being hired by thugs posing as cops to help throw a charity event at the Central Park Casino. Meanwhile, in the Central Park Zoo, a keeper is abusing a lion, and is about to be confronted by a former colleague, who has escaped from the loony bin. So we've got gangsters, Depression romance, a sympathetic cop going blind (Guy Kibbee, plunging deeper than usual), and a lion loose in the park. It's fast and lively, far livelier than the usual output of John Adolfi, who tended to drag scenes out. It may have been filmed in Burbank, but the combination of stock footage and studio footage is expertly assembled, and the mad-lion sequences are satisfyingly frightening--I wouldn't be surprised to learn that extras WERE harmed during the making. Blondell is in her beguiling sexy-sassy mode, and Ford may not have been her strongest lead ever, but he gives good Forgotten Man.


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