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Riffraff (1947)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 15 September 1947 (USA)
A plane takes off from Peru (in a long no-dialogue scene) in a storm with two passengers; it lands in Panama with one. The missing man had valuable oil-location maps; everyone who is after ... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Tetzlaff

Writer:

Martin Rackin (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Dan Hammer
Walter Slezak ... Eric Molinar
Anne Jeffreys ... Maxine Manning
Percy Kilbride ... Pop
Jerome Cowan ... Walter F. Gredson
George Givot ... Police Lt. Rues
Jason Robards Sr. ... Domingues (as Jason Robards)
Marc Krah ... Charles Hasso
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Storyline

A plane takes off from Peru (in a long no-dialogue scene) in a storm with two passengers; it lands in Panama with one. The missing man had valuable oil-location maps; everyone who is after them must deal with Dan Hammer, combination private eye, agent, and con man, who can "fix" anything for a fee. Nightclub singer Maxine is on Dan's side... or is she? The rest is lighthearted, white-suited tropical intrigue. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Riff-Raff See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Not a remake of the 1936 MGM release of the same title. See more »

Quotes

Dan Hammer: Eavesdropping shows a lack of character.
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Referenced in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL
(uncredited)
Written by Alex Kramer and Joan Whitney
Performed by Anne Jeffreys and backups
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Raffish and a Riff on Noir
30 June 2013 | by dogwater-1See all my reviews

Surprisingly entertaining dirty white suit movie with the lumbering Pat O'Brien keeping up for the most part with its fast pacing. O'Brien plays Dan Hammer, a sort of Mr. Fixit for anyone who needs something done within his code of ethics which ends short of murder, but a crisp bill buys his help on most other things. Mysterious strangers drop into his life, all competing for a mysterious map and all willing to pay. Anne Jeffreys is the blonde who may be after the map herself or maybe just wants to sing songs like "Money is the Root of all Evil" in a standard RKO tropical nightclub. Percy Kilbride is Hammer's driver and aide in a comedy cab. Walter Slezak is an excellent villain and rather fine artist who doodles while his henchmen pound the daylights out of O'Brien. Its all a lot of fun with some snappy dialogue and a noirish treatment from the director with many nice touches. Is Jerome Cowan in it too? You bet.


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