7 June 1951
A conman and woman use young kids to cash welfare and government checks stolen from mailboxes. The children then attempt to cash the checks for their parents at groceries and pharmacies. They tell heartbreaking stories to the store owners. If asked for proof, they give the phone numbers of the conartists as their parents.
14 June 1951
The danger of buying used cars that are not safe. In the series they are known as "dogs". It starts with a couple who are getting married and buy a used car. They are warned by a mechanic not to buy the car but the salesman talked them into the car. The couple end up in an accident. The husband is injured. A member of Racket Squad interviews the couple and asks why they did not get auto insurance. The couple was crossing state lines and didn't feel they needed insurance until they got to their new home. The mechanic visits the couple in Hospital and confesses that the car dealer was paying the mechanic to fix up old wrecks that have 80,000.00 miles on them (LOL). It shows old tricks for fixing up clunkers. Putting old cork in the differential....etc. And winding back the speedometer. And regrooving ply tires.
Season 1, Episode 3: Big Punch21 June 1951
The dangers of confidence men known as "bunko men", scammers and tricksters. A 1951 version of "The Sting".
28 June 1951
Two innocent-looking country girls are actually a clever pair of con artists who stage thefts of their own goods in order to extort money from hotels.
5 July 1951
A grief-stricken father requests help from Captain Braddock when he becomes convinced that a medium the old man used to contact his recently deceased daughter caused him to be conned out of a valuable diamond necklace.
12 July 1951
12 July 1951
26 July 1951
2 August 1951
9 August 1951
16 August 1951
Season 1, Episode 12: Night Bank23 August 1951
30 August 1951
A charming stranger acquaints himself with a wealthy family. After a while he reveals to them that instead of gas his car is running on a mixture of water and a special pellet. As this is much cheaper than gas, the oil companies threatened him, he says, when he tried to put this new product on the market. The wealthy family get excited by the prospect of gaining big profits from producing and selling the miraculous pellet. They give him all their money to secure the rights for it.
Season 2, Episode 1: Kite High6 September 1951
13 September 1951
20 September 1951
Jim Edwards' supposedly crippled leg heals after he begins soaking it in a mineral spring located on a run-down property that he bought for a bargain price.
Season 2, Episode 4: Skin Game27 September 1951
4 October 1951
A recently released convict demands money from a man he has tricked into believing he has accidentally shot another man while hunting raccoons.
11 October 1951
Season 2, Episode 7: Big Secret18 October 1951
25 October 1951
2 November 1951
9 November 1951
15 November 1951
22 November 1951
29 November 1951
6 December 1951
13 December 1951
20 December 1951
27 December 1951
A wealthy band leader is pulled into an elaborate confidence scheme involving a supposed boxer on the take and a heavily wagered prize fight.
3 January 1952
A young couple buys a used car from a slick salesman, but soon afterwards the car's brakes fail, and the resulting accident nearly causes their death. Capt. Braddock begins to suspect that this "accident" was more the result of criminal negligence than happenstance, and sets out to prove it.
10 January 1952
Season 2, Episode 20: Big Trap17 January 1952
24 January 1952
In immigrant tailor is severely beaten by a brutal loan shark. His terrified family turns to Capt. Braddock for help.
31 January 1952
7 February 1952
14 February 1952
21 February 1952
Forced to return to work following her husband's untimely death, a struggling young mother's custody of her 3-year old daughter is challenged after the child suffers injuries while left at a substandard day care facility.
28 February 1952
An ex-convict's sudden interest in the details of a deceased man's life arouses the interest of Capt. Braddock, who believes that the man's former cellmate, an artist who is now a washed-up alcoholic, may know the motive for the ex-con's suspicious actions.
6 March 1952
13 March 1952
25 March 1952
A wealthy young widow begins to date a suave European man. A mutual friend tells her that the European has trouble clearing his fortune with customs, so he needs a certain amount of money. She makes a large loan to the European man, keeping his valuable stamp collection as collateral. Eventually, the European and his collaborators disappear, leaving the young widow to discover that her boyfriend was a fraud, and the stamp collection is almost worthless.
27 March 1952
The Racket Squad aids farmers who were swindled.
3 April 1952
10 April 1952
17 April 1952
24 April 1952
Johnny is studying engineering in college. But what he really wants to do with his life is be a songwriter. He sends out his songs to hundreds of publishing companies. All of which turn him down. Except for one that asks him for a $50 fee.
1 May 1952
8 May 1952
Local businessmen take instantly to John Riley, a geologist who's moving to town from Cleveland. They do their research and find he's a geologist who's made a fortune in locating oil deposits. Simply by acting like a low-key businessman, Riley has the town's leaders happily forking over $100,000 to start drilling on his next well. The investors find out too late that their man is only passing himself off as a real geologist named John Riley.
15 May 1952
Season 2, Episode 38: Shakedown22 May 1952
29 May 1952
5 June 1952
12 June 1952
Feeling she's always in the way living with her son's family, an old widow moves into a seemingly warm and welcoming boarding home, but when the landlady swindles her out of her money, the atmosphere changes fast.
19 June 1952
26 June 1952
3 July 1952
An elderly gambler has finally hit the big time - she holds a winning lottery ticket. However, a stranger suddenly inserts himself into the woman's life, and when the winning ticket turns up missing, the Racket Squad is called in to investigate.
17 July 1952
31 July 1952
In order to prevent a murder, small-time crook Smiley Gibbons squeals on a major gangster who's running a gambling ring, thereby putting his own life in danger.
7 August 1952
Two con artists hit upon an ingenious scheme: they pose as city Fire Marshals and conduct phony inspections of local businesses, fining the owners for nonexistent "violations" and pocketing the money.
14 August 1952
21 August 1952
A husband thinks his wife is being taken by a genealogical professional but is really being set up as the mark of a con game.
28 August 1952
The con artist Stitch discovers two weak spots in the character of the eccentric millionaire Titus Meely: a greed for earning lots of money with small investments and a passion for clairvoyance. Stitch gives himself out as being a famous expert in clairvoyance, who has invented an apparatus for projecting the inner visions of clairvoyants on a film screen. He persuades Meely to invest a huge sum of money in a project, where a clairvoyant will project information for new, epoch-making inventions on a screen.
4 September 1952
A criminal gang uses kids to cash stolen checks in stores and swindle merchandise out of them. Capt. Braddock investigates.
11 September 1952
A self-proclaimed "medium" sees a chance to take advantage of a man's grief over the death of his daughter.
18 September 1952
Capt. Braddock looks into a credit-card fraud operation.
25 September 1952
The squad investigates a chain-letter scam.
2 October 1952
An insurance fraud case is referred to the squad for investigation.
9 October 1952
A scam operation that involves the Lost & Found department of the bus station is investigated by Capt. Braddock and the squad.
23 October 1952
Capt. Braddock sets out to bust up an illegal gambling operation.
30 October 1952
Capt. Braddock investigates what he believes is a front for a gambling operation run by the mob.
6 November 1952
A con artist passes himself off as a handyman in order to swindle people out of their money.
13 November 1952
Capt. Braddock investigates reports that a gang is putting labels from expensive stores on cheap merchandise and then passing them off as the real thing.
20 November 1952
A struggling service station owner who has recently learned his wife is pregnant is conned into buying cut-rate health insurance from a pair bunko artists.
27 November 1952
Capt. Braddock investigates a shady real-estate operation that obtains property through foreclosures.
12 December 1952
Capt. Braddock goes after a mob boss.
Season 3, Episode 14: False Tape18 December 1952
Someone is blackmailing a man with tapes of phone calls he made to his mistress. Capt. Braddock investigates.
25 December 1952
Braddock and his men investigate several con artists who use phony street corner Santa Clauses to collect money for poor children and distribute it among themselves.
Season 3, Episode 16: The System1 January 1953
Capt. Braddock investigates reports of a con artist selling a system "guaranteed" to pick winners at the race track.
9 January 1953
12 February 1953
A newlywed couple complains to Capt. Braddock that a dance studio has swindled them out of money. Braddock investigates.
26 February 1953
When Longshot, a likable panhandler and compulsive gambler, stumbles onto a bunco game and informs Captain Braddock, the racketeers take their revenge.
12 March 1953
19 March 1953
A con artist selling phony antiques comes to the attention of Capt. Braddock and the squad.
9 April 1953
Capt. Braddock goes after a female con artist known only as "The Girl in the Mink Coat".
23 April 1953
Capt. Braddock goes undercover to investigate a con game that he believes has ties to an organized-crime ring.
18 June 1953
Capt. Braddock gets complaints about a con man's activities, but the only description he has of the man is that he wears a white carnation in the lapel of his jacket.
2 July 1953
A pleasant man moves to a small town. He gives himself out as being a famous geologist, an expert in locating oil-deposits by signs in the surface of the landscape. Soon he is introduced into the community of the local businessmen. He reveals to them that he has found signs of an oil-deposit just outside the town. He offers them shares in the oil-field on very good conditions, but as soon as the money is paid and the contracts are signed, he prepares to leave the town immediately.
6 July 1953
Captain Braddock is asked to discreetly investigate when the new wife of an influential member becomes conspicuously and profitably successful in bridge games at an exclusive country club.
13 July 1953
Capt. Braddock goes after a female con artist whose specialty is making men underestimate her, then taking them for everything they've got.
Season 3, Episode 28: Sale Value20 July 1953
A con man just released from prison sets his sights on a successful businessman and schemes to swindle him out of his company.
27 July 1953
Capt. Braddock uncovers information that leads to a prostitution ring.
3 August 1953
Capt. Braddock looks into a nursery school that may not be quite what it appears to be.
10 August 1953
A woman victimizes men in overseas military service by marrying them for their allotments. One soldier returns unexpectedly and learns the truth and, filled with bitterness, holds her hostage with a plan to kill her. Captain John Braddock asks his mother to appeal to him to spare him from ruining his future.
17 August 1953
Capt. Braddock investigates the case of a man who is suspected of faking his own death to collect the life insurance money.
24 August 1953
Capt. Braddock receives information about a gang that's smuggling diamonds into the city.
31 August 1953
A man and woman team of confidence operators fake injuries in hotels in order to extort money. They use wasp stings to simulate the swelling of a real sprain, but a hotel employee helps Braddock expose the con and break the case.
7 September 1953
Braddock looks into a possible bookmaking swindle.
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