Racket Squad (1950– )
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The Strange Case of James Doyle 

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.

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(teleplay) (as Arthur Orloff)
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Fay Roope ...
Jim Doyle
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Charles Cooper
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Avedon
Joan Blair ...
Amy Cooper
Dayton Lummis ...
Superintendent
Bob Arnis ...
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Rayford Barnes ...
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Beverly Thompson ...
Miss Nibley
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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.

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Crime | Drama

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7 August 1952 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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An odd little scam.
22 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Racket Squad" begins with Captain Braddock going to the hospital to see an injured friend. On his way out, he notices someone important being wheeled in to surgery. Who this guy is, Braddock cannot recall--but a young reporter is on hand. Braddock asks him who the sick man is and he's told it's some captain. Soon after, Braddock and the reporter hear that the 'Captain' died. Now Braddock remembers who the guy is and tells the story of Jim Doyle's life of crime.

Doyle got hooked up with a grifter (Paul Fix) but they had no luck. The problem is that Doyle looked and acted nothing like a con man. He was too gruff and his manner too stiff. Instead of instilling confidence, folks thought he was a cop! Then Doyle got an idea and made himself a fake fire department captain. Now he and his friend had a new scam--a scam that made them quite rich. What's next? See the show.

Like most episodes of the series, this one is quite interesting and enjoyable to watch. While it's not among the best of "Racket Squad", it is quite good and well made. Worth seeing.


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