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Rackety Rax (1932)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 23 October 1932 (USA)
Gambler/racketeer "Knucks" McGloin takes note of just how much money and action (aside from the game itself) takes place around and about the annual Rose Bowl football game, and decides ... See full summary »


Alfred L. Werker


Joel Sayre (story), Lou Breslow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... 'Knucks' McGloin
Greta Nissen ... Voine
Nell O'Day ... Doris
Alan Dinehart ... Counsellor Sultsfeldt
Stanley Fields ... Gilatti
Marjorie Beebe ... Mrs. McGloin
Vince Barnett ... 'Dutch'
Ward Bond ... 'Brick' Gilligan
Allen Jenkins ... Mike Dumphy
Esther Howard ... 'Sister' Carrie
Ivan Linow ... Tossilitis
Eric Mayne ... Dr. Vanderveer
John Keyes John Keyes ... McGloin's Bodyguard
Joe Brown Joe Brown ... McGloin's Bodyguard
Arthur Pierson ... 'Speed' Bennett


Gambler/racketeer "Knucks" McGloin takes note of just how much money and action (aside from the game itself) takes place around and about the annual Rose Bowl football game, and decides this is one sweet proposition and could be even sweeter if one had his own college and football game and had a large say beforehand as to the outcome of any game this team had. So he ups and creates his own college---Carnasie after his own neighborhood. His gangster rival. Gilatti, thinks this give McGloin a definite inside advantage and, if there is one thing a gambler can't abide, it is that someone has an inside advantage and they are not that someone. Gilatti gets himself a college football team. Education marches on. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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RAH! RAH! RAH! The Blackjack and Hijack boys muscling in on college football The gang from the gas house and the gals from the night clubs...all going collegiate...can you imagine? (Print ad) See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime | Sport








Release Date:

23 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aquí sobra uno See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rackety Rax
Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
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30 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Victor McLaglen is a Big City Gang leader, with fingers in sports and politics and every shady deal. When a reform candidate threatens his rackets and competitor Stanley Fields starts muscling in on his terrirtory, McLaglen comes up with a new source of revenue: he'll buy a college and make money off football games!

RACKETY RAX is one of those high concept ideas that must have sounded good when it was pitched to Fox' rapidly disintegrating management, and then handed off to Alfred Werker to direct -- just up from the westerns. Lowbrow hoods on campus! Trench warfare on the gridiron! Unfortunately, they seem to have stretched what might have been a funny if bizarre two-reeler into five reels, and left a lot of talent with little to do. Werker doesn't seem to be able to time much of anything for comedy and a lot of McLaglen's line readings seem even awkwarder than his malapropism-prone character calls for. Only Alan Dinehart, as McLaglen's lawyer who only cares about chasing skirt, handles his one-note character well.

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