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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 »

Company Credits

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

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Philadelphia Saturday 23 June 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6); it immediately became a popular local favorite as it first aired in Altoona Sunday 15 July 1956 on WFBG (Channel 10), in San Francisco Sunday 22 July 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Cleveland Saturday 25 August 1956 on KYW (Channel 3), in New Haven Sunday 21 October 1956 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Dayton Saturday 10 November 1956 on WLW-D (Channel 2), in Pittsburgh Tuesday 13 November 1956 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Chicago Tuesday 4 December 1956 on WBKB (Channel 7), and in Columbus Sunday 9 December 1956 on WLW-C (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

[Hammer, annoyed with a bar hustler, sends him crashing into a table]
Bar proprietor: You shouldn't do that, Mr. Hammer. It gives the place a bad reputation.
Dan Hammer: You mean a worse reputation.
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Connections

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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This Is a Real Winner!
2 December 2006 | by Jed from TorontoSee all my reviews

I thought I'd seen just about all of the great, dark thrillers made in the late 40s - this little gem was a great surprise! It is well scripted, well acted, fast paced and commands the viewers attention. Walter Slezak is wonderful in his role as villain: fat, sweaty and greedy - what worked for Sidney Greenstreet works equally as well for Slezak. Slezak, who usually played villains and cads, had the knack of winning an audience's affection. Pat O'Brien is excellent in the role, if a little long-in-the-tooth to be courting a 23 year old Anne Jeffrys. Percy Kilbride, of Pa Kettle fame, is fun in his role as a placid yet cunning taxi driver, whose taxi would have been considered ancient, even in 1947. Definitely worth watching if you are a fan of this genre. As an aside, it's great to see that Anne Jeffreys is still very active in acting, and still very beautiful - nearly 60 years after this film was made.


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