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23 October 1932 (USA) See more »
RAH! RAH! RAH! The Blackjack and Hijack boys muscling in on college football The gang from the gas house and the gals from the night clubs...all going collegiate...can you imagine? (Print ad)
Gambler/racketeer "Knucks" McGloin takes note of just how much money and action (aside from the game... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Victor McLaglen ... 'Knucks' McGloin

Greta Nissen ... Voine

Nell O'Day ... Doris

Alan Dinehart ... Counsellor Sultsfeldt

Stanley Fields ... Gilatti

Marjorie Beebe ... Mrs. McGloin

Vince Barnett ... 'Dutch'

Ward Bond ... 'Brick' Gilligan

Allen Jenkins ... Mike Dumphy
Esther Howard ... 'Sister' Carrie
Ivan Linow ... Tossilitis

Eric Mayne ... Dr. Vanderveer
John Keyes ... McGloin's Bodyguard
Joe Brown ... McGloin's Bodyguard
Arthur Pierson ... 'Speed' Bennett

Directed by
Alfred L. Werker 
Writing credits
Joel Sayre (story)

Lou Breslow (screenplay) and
Ben Markson (screenplay)

William M. Conselman  contract writer (uncredited)
Bradley King  contract writer (uncredited)
Murray Roth  contract writer (uncredited)

Original Music by
Arthur Lange (uncredited)
Cinematography by
L. William O'Connell 
Film Editing by
Robert Bischoff 
Costume Design by
David Cox 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
William Fox .... presenter

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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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We wents ta collidge, 31 December 2002
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales

The funniest thing about 'Rackety Rax' is its title, which is a very clever pun. 'Rackety rax!' is the first line of a college football cheer that was popular in the 1920s and thirties: in this movie, that same phrase does double duty as a college cheer and as a pun on 'rackets' as in racketeers. I've always believed that most American colleges exist only as pretexts for a football team or basketball team ... and that college sports exist primarily as a vehicle for universities (and bookies) to make money. This movie does nothing to dispel that notion.

Victor McLaglen (betraying some trouble with his accent) plays hulking gangster Knucks McGloin (great name!), who founds a school called Canarsie College. (Canarsie being a neighbourhood in New York City that produced more than its share of gangsters.) Knucks doesn't really care about higher education: Canarsie College was created only so that Knucks would be able to control a collegiate football team, which in turn would be a vehicle for his gambling activities. By organising the bookie action on Canarsie's football matches, Knucks makes enough money to offset the expense of the college.

Knucks's highly profitable operation attracts the attention of Gilotti, a rival gangster ... played by Stanley Fields, a coarse supporting actor of the 1930s who is undeservedly forgotten by film buffs. Gilotti sets up his own rival college, with a rival football team, and the shenanigans begin.

Alan Dinehart, another undeservedly forgotten supporting actor, is very funny as McLaglen's lawyer, and hulking actor Ivan Linow is good as a dim-witted athlete named Tossilitis (hilarious name!). Interestingly, McLaglen and Linow each played Hercules the strong man in the two film versions of 'The Unholy Three'. Good support here from Allen Jenkins, Vince Barnett, and Esther Howard in a rare comic role: she usually got cast in bland 'stick' parts.

I'll rate 'Rackety Rax' 5 out of 10. It's funny, but -- considering the potential of this material -- it could have been downright hilarious.

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