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Mobs, Inc. (1956)

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Captain Braddock of the Los Angeles Racket Squad schools a group of cadet policemen by telling them of three precarious and dangerous cases of con artistry. Included are tracking down a ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Reed Hadley ...
Capt. John Braddock (archive footage)
Lisa Howard ...
Ronnie Miles (archive footage)
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Mary Hale Browne (archive footage)
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Leland Cameron James (archive footage)
Linda Leighton ...
Mary Higgins (archive footage)
Jess Barker ...
Jim Edwards (archive footage)
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Harry Robinson, banker (archive footage)
Paul Cavanagh ...
Harrington (archive footage)
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Erville Alderson ...
Town Insurance Agent (archive footage)
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William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Telegraph Boy (archive footage)
Paul Birch ...
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King Donovan ...
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Harvey B. Dunn ...
Mr. Platt (archive footage)
Alvin Hurwitz ...
Peters, Harrington's aide (archive footage)
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Captain Braddock of the Los Angeles Racket Squad schools a group of cadet policemen by telling them of three precarious and dangerous cases of con artistry. Included are tracking down a dance hall girl, who, together with a big operative, are thwarted in attempting a robbery; a racketeer fleecing a book publisher on a Trans-Atlantic voyage, and the tripping up of the plans of a phony land syndicate. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 March 1956 (USA)  »

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The Con Man  »

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This film was composed from three edited episodes of the TV series Racket Squad (1950) with new, framing sequences and voice-over material by Reed Hadley. See more »

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Edited from Racket Squad: The Case of the Miracle Mud (1951) See more »

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Thie feature film consists of three episodes of the syndicated-television series "Racket Squad" stitched together and sold to theatre-exhibitors as a real movie. It opens at the Los Angeles Police Academy with a lecturer telling the class of LAPD-rookies three stories of confidence rackets.

Story 1: A taxi-dancer meets a small-time racketeer and becomes partners with him in some small-time scams. Another racketeer, playing for bigger stakes, gets her to join up with him. They gain access to a wealthy man's home by pretending to be a photographer-writer team sent by a magazine to photograph his palatial home. The police arrive in time to stop the burglary. They arrive in time only because the small-time,sore-loser, ex-boyfriend had gone to the police department and snitched on them.

Story 2: A crooked stock-syndicate swindles a wealthy newspaper publisher out of $40,000 with the aid of a glamorous sophisticated woman as a decoy. A snitch many have been involved here, also.

Story 3: A crippled young man shows up in Smallville and buys a dilapidated, abandoned farm for $1750, spot-cash American. The townspeople, always ready to add a new citizen to the tax-roll, help him fix it up and he becomes a sympathetic and popular citizen in the community, especially with the pretty female real-estate broker. He claims the spring on his property has a therapeutic healing effect on his crippling arthritis and, considering he showed up in a wheelchair and is now running and jumping all over the place, the town-council is now ready to buy back the formerly-worthless property for $50,000, and let the budding-decathlon star walk away with a net profit of $48,250 on his two-bit investment. And he would have, too, if the L.A.P.D. hadn't shown up with proof he was never crippled and didn't have arthritis. Yes, that's correct, the pretty female real-estate broker had overheard him discussing his plans with a confederate...and snitched on him. But young Clark Kent was having some doubts about this character, also.

The end of the film leaves the viewer with one question and two-lessons learned:

Question 1: What in heck was the Los Angeles Police Department doing busting citizens outside of the Los Angeles city limits in Smallville?

Lesson 1: Never under-estimate the value of a Snitch.

Lesson 2: Never under-estimate the ability of American film-goers to line up and pay money to see a film in a theatre that they could have stayed home and seen for free on television.


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