Former bootlegger Nick Barnes pressures neighborhood druggist Jimmy Morrell into making cut-rate drugs. The money makes it possible for Jimmy to marry Norma Frank, a pharmacy clerk. Expecting a baby, she wants Jimmy to quit the racket.
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50 years before Chinese merchants, Americans discover the counterfeit copies on a small scale here. Although it's a pre-code film, few taboos are broken in the Big Shakedown which is, after all, very moral. The only scene that will stay in my memory is when the hoodlums are testing the fake toothpaste. The rest is already forgotten (Sorry Bette !).