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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.


Howard Higgin


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




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


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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ALL MUSIC - ALL SOUND - ALL DIALOGUE (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalance and Lubbock Evening Journal - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas, Feb. 28, 1930 - all caps) See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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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Strong Silent Types in Talkies
1 January 2003 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Well mounted, interesting story about suave racketeer Armstrong falling for impoverished deb Lombard, hampered a bit by the declamatory style of speaking any speech longer than three words and apparent immobility of microphones.

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Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love's Conquest See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé Exchange See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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