MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 40,190 this week

The Racketeer (1929)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  9 November 1929 (USA)
5.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 249 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 2 critic

A dapper gangster sponsors an alcoholic violinist in order to win the love of a glamorous divorced socialite.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (dialogue by)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 40 titles
created 20 Nov 2011
 
a list of 54 titles
created 15 Aug 2012
 
a list of 2000 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
a list of 615 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 138 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Racketeer" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Racketeer (1929)

The Racketeer (1929) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Racketeer.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young lawyer meets and marries girl after knowing her one day. Takes bride home to meet his mother who disapproves of the marriage. Lawyer thinks everything will be fine as he moves up the ... See full summary »

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Carole Lombard, James Stewart, Charles Coburn
Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler...but there's more to Godfrey than meets the eye.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady
My Best Girl (1927)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Joe Merrill, son of the millionaire owner of a chain of 5 and 10 cent stores, poses as Joe Grant, and takes a job in the stockroom of one of his father's stores, to prove that he can be a ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Mary Pickford, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Sunshine Hart
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard, Walter Connolly
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young American girl visits Paris accompanied by her fiancee and her wealthy uncle. There she meets and is romanced by a worldly novelist; what she doesn't know is that he is a blackmailer who is using her to get to her uncle.

Directors: Richard Wallace, Edward Goodman
Stars: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Wynne Gibson
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A songwriter hires three chorus girls to show him the "underside" of big-city life.

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Kathryn Crawford, Josephine Dunn
Drama | Thriller

An imprisoned attorney may be the only person who can shed light on a murder investigation involving a federal judge.

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Edmund Lowe, Carole Lombard, Adolph Milar
Ladies' Man (1931)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A society gigolo goes after a rich mother and her daughter, but tries to find true happiness with his girlfriend, who is neither rich nor in "society."

Director: Lothar Mendes
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Carole Lombard
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Rene is broke and Kay is a rich actress visiting Paris. They meet, share a cab and dinner. He is smitten by her, but she leaves for London and he follows. At her house, when he cooks the ... See full summary »

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Bobby Connolly
Stars: Carole Lombard, Fernand Gravey, Ralph Bellamy
The Gay Bride (1934)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Gangster Shoots Magiz is the producer of the show in which Mary is appearing. She marries him even though she can't stand a thing about him, knowing that in his business he may not be ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Carole Lombard, Chester Morris, Zasu Pitts
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tony (Charles Laughton), a successful but illiterate middle-aged grape farmer, sends the photograph of his handsome young foreman, Joe (William Gargan), instead of his own, hoping to woo ... See full summary »

Director: Garson Kanin
Stars: Carole Lombard, Charles Laughton, William Gargan
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Armstrong ...
Mahlon Keane
...
Rhoda Philbrooke (as Carol Lombard)
Roland Drew ...
Tony Vaughan
Paul Hurst ...
Mehaffy
Kit Guard ...
Gus
Al Hill ...
Squid
Bobby Dunn ...
The Rat (as Bobbie Dunn)
Budd Fine ...
Bernie Weber (as Bud Fine)
...
Mrs. Lee
...
Millie Chapman
John Loder ...
Jack Oakhurst
Winter Hall ...
Mr. Chapman
Winifred Harris ...
Mrs. Chapman
Edit

Storyline

Tough mobster Mahlon Keane practically runs crime in New York City. He meets broke ex-society girl Rhoda Philbrooke at a society fundraiser and helps her cheat her way to some winnings in poker. Rhoda needs the money to help nurse broken alcoholic concert violinist Tony Vaughan back to health. In between his criminal dealings, Keane takes up Rhoda's cause and helps promote Vaughan's return to public performance. Rhoda agrees to marry Keane but still harbors unrequited love for Tony Vaughan. On the eve of her marriage, Vaughan confesses his love to Rhoda. Now how will she handle her mobster fiancée? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

VIVID, SENSATIONAL DRAMA OF THE FOREMOST TOPIC OF THE DAY! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love's Conquest  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (sound)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When Gus spots rival gangster Bernie Weber riding in the back of a taxi, he tells his driver Squid to pull alongside it so he can shoot him. Gus refers to it as a gray cab, and in the studio close-up it appears to be white or at least a very light gray. In the subsequent cut to the location shot done outdoors on location, the cab with the dead mobster appears to be black. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good Story, Good Role for Lombard
3 November 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The good story and Carole Lombard's performance make "The Racketeer" one of the movies of the very early sound era that still holds up all right. It does have the flaws common to the earliest sound movies, with some shaky dialogue delivery, an erratic pace, and weak sound quality. But these do not keep it from being worth seeing, and in any case even the better movies of 1929 usually had some of these same problems.

Lombard has a very good role as a somewhat mysterious divorcée caught between two very different men. Robert Armstrong plays the gangster who helps both her and her other boyfriend. The third member of the triangle is a drunken violinist played by Roland Drew. Drew gives a rather nondescript performance, but at least the character is interesting. More than that, the setup does a good job in varying the usual formula so as to set up some good drama.

The atmosphere holds up well, and although some individual sequences have oddly chosen pacing, as a whole the story moves along pretty well. It easily holds your interest for the whole running time. It compares favorably with many of the movies of its day, and it is still a solid feature worth seeing for those who enjoy the movies of the era.


22 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I really enjoyed this movie! l_grds
Wasn't Fantastic... PACman66
Discuss The Racketeer (1929) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?