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Race Street (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 22 June 1948 (USA)
In San Francisco, when a bookie is murdered by a protection racket syndicate, his bookie friend Dan Gannin and police lieutenant Barney Runson investigate.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Maurice Davis (story), Martin Rackin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Raft ... Daniel J. 'Dan' Gannin
William Bendix ... Lt. Barney Runson
Marilyn Maxwell ... Robbie Lawrence
Frank Faylen ... Phil Dickson
Harry Morgan ... Hal Towers (as Henry Morgan)
Gale Robbins ... Elaine Gannin
Cully Richards Cully Richards ... Mike Hadley
Mack Gray ... Stringy
Russell Hicks ... Easy Mason
Tom Keene ... Al (as Richard Powers)
William Forrest ... Nick Walters
James Nolan ... Herbie (as Jim Nolan)
George Turner ... Dixie
Richard Benedict ... Sam
Dean White Dean White ... Big Jack
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Storyline

Nice-guy bookie Dan Gannin plans to quit the racket; he's opening a new night club with his torch-singing sister as main attraction. But Dan's best friend Hal runs afoul of "protection" crooks, and Dan goes after them like a one-man police force despite the admonishments of Lt. Barney Runson. But there's one thing Dan didn't bargain on... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Racket king Raft - and homicide ace Bendix - hunting the same killer - tricked by the same dame See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackpot 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

The opening scene Dan Gannin crossing Post Street and entering Hal Tower's men's store. This was in the Fitzhugh Building. This was a 10-story "Italian Palazzo" style building built in 1923 for medical offices. It was a registered national landmark, but though over 50,000 signatures were gathered to save it, it was torn down in 1980 for the new Sak's Fifth Avenue store. See more »

Goofs

When the 2 hoods grab Hal (Morgan) at his front door, the hood who took his gun has a semi-auto in his hand. In the next scene, different angle, he has a revolver in has hand. When it switches back to the original angle, he again has the semi-auto pistol in his hand. See more »

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Love That Boy
(uncredited)
Music by Gene de Paul
Lyrics Don Raye
Performed by Gale Robbins and Cully Richards
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"Stay with it"
9 October 2017 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Race Street, directed by Edwin L. Marin and adapted to screenplay by Martin Rackin from a story by Maurice Davis. Starring George Raft, William Bendix, Marilyn Maxwell, Frank Faylen, Gale Robbins and Harry Morgan. Music is by Roy Webb and cinematography by J. Roy Hunt.

Story centers around two friends played by Raft and Bendix, the former is a turf accountant and night club owner, the latter a plain clothes policeman. With a syndicate racket moving in on the Frisco bookmaking circuit, Dan Gannin (Raft) refuses to co-operate, putting himself in grave danger. Barney Runson (Bendix) wants to move in and do it the official way, begging Dan to step aside and let the police do their job. But when the syndicate make a deadly move that hits Dan close to home, he's not for turning.

In the grand scheme of Raft and Bendix movies, or classic era film noir pics in fact, this one is small fry, but strong cast and solid production foundation ensure it's an enjoyable experience. Story isn't strong, where two old friends lock horns while some villain throws his weight around, but in true noir fashion there's some sneaky surprises in store and a none cop out finale.

Technically it's interesting, one quite dreadful process backed sequence aside, Marin and Hunt hit the noir bars for mood compliance. The absence of chiaroscuro is a shame, for a number of scenes here cry out for it, but the lighting techniques and shadow indulgence keeps the eyes pleased. There's even a startling sequence that appears to show Gale Robbins floating in and around the night club crowd as she sings a song, while a bit of zoom play and nifty Frisco locations add further quality.

Good honest noirville enjoyment. 6.5/10


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