20 June 2019 | boblipton
Slot Machine King
Club owner and racketeer Akim Tamiroff wants Claire Trevor, but she doesn't want him. He rents her an expensive apartment, and tells her that she can decide if he's worth the high life. Meanwhile, newspaperman Lloyd Nolan is on her mind. When Claire's former room mate, Helen Burgess, disappears, she calls Nolan, even as the trail begins to run to Tamiroff in this solid drama.
Given the cast and plot, you'd think this was a Fox B, but it's a Paramount programmer directed by Robert Florey, with the sort of gloss that studio can provide. Cinematographer Harry Fishbeck shoots Miss Trevor so she looks like a blonde Myrna Loy, and Tamiroff looks as oily as ever. Evelyn Brent has slid to the bottom of the credited list, and Louise Brooks' scenes were deleted, but this one moves fast once it gets going.