This series dramatizes confidence games which fall under the jurisdiction of Captain John Braddock.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Reed Hadley ...  Capt. John Braddock / ... 98 episodes, 1951-1953
Hugh Beaumont ...  Narrator (prologue) / ... 33 episodes, 1952-1953
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This series dramatizes confidence games which fall under the jurisdiction of Captain John Braddock.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Squadra mobile See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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After one year in syndication, CBS added this show to its schedule in 1951. See more »

Quotes

[Epilogue to each episode]
Captain Braddock: [to the camera] I'm closing this case now - or rather, the courts will - but there'll be others, because that's the way the world is built. There are people who can slap you on the back with one hand and pick your pocket with the other. And it could happen to you.
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Soundtracks

Parade of the Chessmen
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph Mullendore
Closing Theme
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Despite being a bit old fashioned, the old episodes hold up pretty well.
17 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love old TV shows and often watch them on my computer. How? Well, archive.org has a lot of public domain TV series and I have tried quite a few over the years. One of these is "Racket Busters". While they don't have every episode, they have quite a few and they are well worth your time--even if they are a bit dated when you see them today.

Each episode features Captain Braddock (Reed Hadley) as the seemingly all-knowing cop. He investigates cases involving frauds and con artists. Each episode begins and ends with the same spiel--a weakness of the show. Instead of tailoring the narration for each episode, it's just tacked on to the standard introduction--a preachy one at that.

What follows are various recreations of various crimes. Some are rather unusual but many (such as one about pyramid schemes) are timeless and might help you avoid such scams today. In each case, the crime is recreated AND Braddock always catches them. And, surprisingly, in most cases, he gets the money back to the victims! Not exactly real life, but quite enjoyable and worth your time--particularly if you like shows like "Dragnet" or "The Naked City".


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