Small town police are about to search the swamps for the murderer of a local cop when a man emerges from the bayou. He says he's a detective on the trail of a payroll thief and shot the ... See full summary »

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Small town police are about to search the swamps for the murderer of a local cop when a man emerges from the bayou. He says he's a detective on the trail of a payroll thief and shot the robber/cop killer in a shootout. The man shows off a bag full of the stolen money which he says he retrieved and must return to the city immediately. Before he can catch a train out of town, the deputy realizes the "detective" isn't who he claims to be and a chase back into the swamps ensues. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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9 July 1954 (USA)  »

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Not a bad idea but it telegraphs the ending way, way too soon.
28 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Rabbit's Foot" is a highly unusual story about a crook who not only has stolen a lot of money, but he's killed at least one cop in the process. What's more unusual about this is that the crook used to be a professional baseball player--and about the most superstitious one in history!

The show begins in some swamp in the southeast United States. The crook is being pursued by a cop into this awful place where alligators and quicksand are everywhere. After some shooting, the scene switches--and a dirty and bedraggled man comes into town and enters the police station. He identifies himself as a police lieutenant who has been chasing the robber and provides i.d. showing he is a cop. However, and here is the BIG problem I have with the show, early on there are way too many clues to the fact that he killed the cop and stole the identification and is, in fact, the criminal. Eventually one of the real cops starts to realize it and it takes a long time until all this is sorted out in the finale.

Had the film created more tension and surprise as to the lieutenant's real identity, the film would have been so much better. As it is, it's mildly interesting and not a lot more.


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