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The Racketeer (1929)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 9 November 1929 (USA)
A dapper gangster sponsors an alcoholic violinist in order to win the love of a glamorous divorced socialite.

Director:

Howard Higgin

Writers:

Paul Gangelin (story), Paul Gangelin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Armstrong ... Mahlon Keane
Carole Lombard ... Rhoda Philbrooke (as Carol Lombard)
Roland Drew ... Tony Vaughan
Paul Hurst ... Mehaffy
Kit Guard ... Gus
Al Hill ... Squid
Bobby Dunn ... The Rat (as Bobbie Dunn)
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... Bernie Weber (as Bud Fine)
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Lee
Jeanette Loff ... Millie Chapman
John Loder ... Jack Oakhurst
Winter Hall ... Mr. Chapman
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Chapman
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Storyline

Tough mobster Mahlon Keane practically runs crime in New York City. He meets broke ex-society girl Rhoda Philbrooke at a society fundraiser and helps her cheat her way to some winnings in poker. Rhoda needs the money to help nurse broken alcoholic concert violinist Tony Vaughan back to health. In between his criminal dealings, Keane takes up Rhoda's cause and helps promote Vaughan's return to public performance. Rhoda agrees to marry Keane but still harbors unrequited love for Tony Vaughan. On the eve of her marriage, Vaughan confesses his love to Rhoda. Now how will she handle her mobster fiancée? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

SMASHING DIALOGUE THAT CRACKS WITH ACTION! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love's Conquest See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé Exchange See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (sound)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred in Los Angeles Thursday 17 February 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

When Gus spots rival gangster Bernie Weber riding in the back of a taxi, he tells his driver Squid to pull alongside it so he can shoot him. Gus refers to it as a gray cab, and in the studio close-up it appears to be white or at least a very light gray. In the subsequent cut to the location shot done outdoors on location, the cab with the dead mobster appears to be black. See more »

Quotes

Millie Chapman: You're not really Mahlon Keane? Not really?
Mahlon Keane: The way you say that, I'd be glad just to be taken for him.
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Dull Gangster Melodrama
10 May 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Racketeer was destined to be one of Carole Lombard's earliest sound films, it was done for Pathe Pictures with whom she was with in 1929. With the title it has, you might be thinking its a gangster flick, the kind Warner Brothers would soon be making.

If that's what you think forget it. This is one dull and plodding melodrama involving a love triangle between alcoholic violinist Roland Drew, gangster Robert Armstrong, and former society débutante Carole Lombard who left her husband and all his money for Drew before the film began and is now tied to a drunk.

If you think you will see the bright comedienne of My Man Godfrey and so many films with Fred MacMurray, forget that also. Like just about everyone else at this time, Lombard and the rest of the cast overact dreadfully. I'm surprised and she might have been also that she had a career and survived this film.

Best in the cast is Paul Hurst who plays a beat cop, but is determined to bring in Armstrong and displays some initiative and ruthlessness in trying to do just that.

Like what the Abbe Sieyes said about the French Revolution, Carole Lombard can state her major accomplishment from The Racketeer is that she survived it.


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