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The Racketeer (1929)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 9 November 1929 (USA)
A dapper gangster sponsors an alcoholic violinist in order to win the love of a glamorous divorced socialite.

Director:

Howard Higgin

Writers:

Paul Gangelin (story), Paul Gangelin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Armstrong ... Mahlon Keane
Carole Lombard ... Rhoda Philbrooke (as Carol Lombard)
Roland Drew ... Tony Vaughan
Paul Hurst ... Mehaffy
Kit Guard ... Gus
Al Hill ... Squid
Bobby Dunn ... The Rat (as Bobbie Dunn)
Budd Fine Budd Fine ... Bernie Weber (as Bud Fine)
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Lee
Jeanette Loff ... Millie Chapman
John Loder ... Jack Oakhurst
Winter Hall ... Mr. Chapman
Winifred Harris ... Mrs. Chapman
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Storyline

Tough mobster Mahlon Keane practically runs crime in New York City. He meets broke ex-society girl Rhoda Philbrooke at a society fundraiser and helps her cheat her way to some winnings in poker. Rhoda needs the money to help nurse broken alcoholic concert violinist Tony Vaughan back to health. In between his criminal dealings, Keane takes up Rhoda's cause and helps promote Vaughan's return to public performance. Rhoda agrees to marry Keane but still harbors unrequited love for Tony Vaughan. On the eve of her marriage, Vaughan confesses his love to Rhoda. Now how will she handle her mobster fiancée? Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

STRANGE...THRILLING...COMPELLING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love's Conquest See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pathé Exchange See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) (sound)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred in Los Angeles Thursday 17 February 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

When Gus spots rival gangster Bernie Weber riding in the back of a taxi, he tells his driver Squid to pull alongside it so he can shoot him. Gus refers to it as a gray cab, and in the studio close-up it appears to be white or at least a very light gray. In the subsequent cut to the location shot done outdoors on location, the cab with the dead mobster appears to be black. See more »

Quotes

Millie Chapman: You're not really Mahlon Keane? Not really?
Mahlon Keane: The way you say that, I'd be glad just to be taken for him.
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Early Talkie Better Than Most of Its Era
15 January 2008 | by Space_MafuneSee all my reviews

A beautiful, down and out former social débutante named Rhoda Philbrooke (Carol Lombard), who fell out of favor when she left her wealthy husband for a musician, is helped by a racketeer/mob boss named Mahlon Keane (Robert Armstrong), a man who seems to find his only real happiness in helping others with his ill gotten gain. Rhoda needs help to cure her musician Tony Vaughan (Roland Drew)'s alcohol addiction.

Not surprisingly the story soon turns into something of a romantic triangle cliché as Keane falls in love with Rhoda too. As early talkies go, this movie is better done than most. It moves pretty briskly and is an interesting curio in that it shows so much sympathy to the plight of a divorced débutante and an unhappy, unsatisfied gangster boss. Overall though, it's never credible enough to be fully satisfying but still its story makes for some good melodrama.


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