Racket Squad (1950– )
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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 ... See full summary »

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Capt. John Braddock
Chris Drake ...
Chuck Martin (as Christian Drake)
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Karen Spencer
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Grace Kellogg
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Mrs. Martin
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Sergeant Justin
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Wally
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Janitor Dorset
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Tex (as Bob Easton)
Bob Carraher ...
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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. Written by Louis Rugani

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10 August 1953 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Loathsome Scam
28 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

The girl here, Karen, is scamming overseas servicemen by marrying them and then collecting their monthly allotment. And if the poor guy's killed, she gets his insurance. Talk about heartless conniving-- no wonder returning vet, Chuck, wants to shoot her. It's an okay episode with some suspense, but not much action. Actor Drake as Chuck has to carry the show, which he does in okay fashion. Look for actor Robert Easton on the early shipboard scene. He was Hollywood's master of dialects, especially of the backwoods kind, which he does here briefly. Also, Paul Brinegar of Rawhide's TV series turns up as a janitor. All in all, the 30-minutes is more notable for the kind of scam portrayed than for how it's dramatized—the last part being pretty contrived.

(I agree with fellow reviewer Hafer that actor Hadley is somewhat "wooden" in his role as Capt. Braddock. However, styles of that day may have something to do with that. Law enforcement themes were popular on both TV and movies. The point is that lead officials like Braddock or Dragnet's Sgt. Friday were supposed to be strict professionals. Personality, on the other hand, would direct attention to the individual rather than to the impersonal enforcer of the law. That kind of downplaying may have been at work here since Braddock represents racket squads as a whole.)


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