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The Racket Man (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 18 January 1944 (USA)
A gangster is drafted into the Army. He soon realizes how wrong his previous life was, and decides to help break up a black market ring he has discovered.

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Paul Yawitz (screenplay), Howard J. Green (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Neal ... Matt Benson
Hugh Beaumont ... 'Irish' Duffy
Jeanne Bates ... Phyllis Lake
Larry Parks ... Larry Lake
Douglas Fowley ... Toby Sykes
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Storyline

Matt Benson (Tom Neal), a master-mind racketeer, is drafted into the army and slowly makes good while realizing how wrong his former life had been. His commanding officer orders him to wage undercover war against the black-market gangs and he doe so with a vengeance. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE NATION'S NEWEST RACKET CRACKED WIDE OPEN...by the racketeer who created it! (original poster)

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1944 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tom Neal Meets Ward Cleaver and Batman
22 July 2019 | by ponekingpetchSee all my reviews

B Star Tough Tom Neal (in lifts) in another entertaining programmer. Former Prizefighter Neal made a lot more headlines for his offscreen activities involving Barbara Payton than any film he was ever in. Pugnacious Tom couldn't have been any taller than 5'4 and he was almost looking six footer Hugh Beaumont in the eye here so that tells you he was wearing might high lifts inside those heels. WWII era programmer quickie here - probably shot in 4 or 5 days - that also featured former "Batman" Lewis Wilson as an Army Officer (I guess the Batman serial bombed (it was really bad) so he was stuck bumping along with these other performers of the genre. What the heck, take a look if you are a Tom Neal fan - (always looked like a mini Clark Gable with that mustache) and you will get a kick out of it. I am a big fan of Neal's so I give it 7 stars.


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