Racket Squad: Season 2, Episode 18

Accidentally on Purpose (3 Jan. 1952)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Reed Hadley ...
James Bell ...
Pete Johnson
Emily Heath ...
Sue Bailey
Ray Montgomery ...
Johnny Conway
Billy Halop ...
Porter (Salesman)
Archie Twitchell ...
Sgt. Tom Harris
William Boyett ...
Tommy (as Bill Boyette)
Barbara Woodell ...
Mary (Nurse)


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. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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3 January 1952 (USA)  »

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A little stiff and obvious but also quite informative.
11 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Racket Squad" was an old-time television show. And, since it's from the early days of TV, I cut it a bit of slack. This particular episode, "Accidentally on Purpose" is about a sleazy used car business--one that knowingly puts dangerously defective cars into unsuspecting customers hands.

It begins with a young couple driving off to get married. Suddenly, however, their brakes fail and soon they have a wreck. While they weren't killed, they easily could have been. Yet, oddly, the couple was so dumb that they STILL didn't realize the accident happened because the car was such a dangerous vehicle! Captain Braddock (Reed Hadley) learns about the accident and visits the hospital and hears from them that they had just bought the car from "Square Deal Danny's--The Working Man's Friend"! Again, with such a ridiculous title, any non-stupid person would have suspected something with such a silly name for the dealership! The couple explain how they bought the car and, once again, any non-idiot would have walked away from the deal when the mechanic at the used car dealer tried to warn them away from it. But the slick salesman (Billy Halop--one of the old 'Dead End Kids') talked the gullible couple into buying it and the rest is history. Oh, and did I mention that the couple didn't bother insuring the vehicle?! As the Captain left the hospital, he bumped into the mechanic that tried to help the couple. He returned with the Captain to see the couple and explained at length about all the dangerous tricks Mr. 'Square Deal' did to make junk cars run...at least temporarily. This was the best part of the show--very informative. However, despite this important information, I still noticed that the style of the acting and production was very stilted (even by "Racket Squad" standards) and the couple was just too dumb to be believable.

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