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Playing Around(1930)

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Sheba Miller, a stenographer with a desire for luxuries, lives with her elderly father, who operates a cigar counter. Though adored by Jack, a soda jerker, she will not consider marrying him unless he receives a long-anticipated raise. Jack takes her out to the Pirate's Den, an exclusive nightclub, where Sheba defiantly enters a leg contest and is awarded the prize by Nickey Solomon, a gangster, who is the judge. Impressed by Nickey's flashy car and grooming, she accepts his attentions and finally his marriage proposal, though Jack and Pa Miller are both dubious about him. Finding himself without money for their honeymoon, Nickey robs Miller's cigar counter and shoots him; but Jack's identification of Nickey leads to his arrest. Pa Miller recovers; and Sheba, chastened by her experience, agrees to marry Jack, who gets his raise.