In San Francisco, when a bookie is murdered by a protection racket syndicate, his bookie friend Dan Gannin and police lieutenant Barney Runson investigate.

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Nice-guy bookie Dan Gannin plans to quit the racket; he's opening a new night club with his torch-singing sister as main attraction. But Dan's best friend Hal runs afoul of "protection" crooks, and Dan goes after them like a one-man police force despite the admonishments of Lt. Barney Runson. But there's one thing Dan didn't bargain on... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Racket king Raft - and homicide ace Bendix - hunting the same killer - tricked by the same dame See more »

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Actor William Henry tested for one of the main roles. See more »

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When the 2 hoods grab Hal(Morgan) at his front door, the hood who took his gun has a semi-auto in his hand. In the next scene, different angle, he has a revolver in has hand. When it switches back to the original angle, he again has the semi-auto pistol in his hand. See more »

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Music by Ray Heindorf and M.K. Jerome
Lyrics Ted Koehler
Performed by Gale Robbins
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'What we're offering is a...personal protection policy...'
20 July 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

George Raft plays Gannin, a bookie who is, despite this, basically an honest guy. His pal, Hal (Harry Morgan) approaches him to say that some mobsters want in on his own bookmaking business. Well, these creeps turn out to mean business and when Hal refuses to cooperate, they murder him in a very vivid and brutal scene (one of the best in the film). Naturally, Gannin isn't happy but things are about to get rough for him as well, as the mobsters soon approach him as well. Now he could work with the detective (William Bendix) to expose these rats but, naturally, Gannin only likes to handle things alone. Does he possibly stand a chance?! Well, since it's George Raft, you certainly assume so!

This film turned out to be a lot better than I expected. No, George Raft was just as stiff and unbelievable as he usually was in films. However, the plot offered some nice twists and kept me guessing. Plus the ending came as a HUGE surprise to me! Well worth seeing...almost deserving an 8...but not quite making it due to Raft's very ordinary sort of performance.

Ironically, later Harry Morgan would play Bill Gannon on "Dragnet"...the show that helped make him a household name.


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