In this Warner Bros. short, a Marine in a South Sea island during World War II, Joe Fingers, tells tales of the influence he's had on various personalities. In the words of one of his ... See full summary »
A group of men are on the sailboat the Scirocco heading down the Pacific coast to go fishing, but not just ordinary fishing. Among the group is archer Howard Hill who has used this skill in... See full summary »
This 1937 Vitaphone short was reissued in 1953 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, American President Thomas Jefferson appointed James Monroe to ... See full summary »
Racketeers, led by Moran, set up what they call the Creamery Betterment Association. They quietly coerce dairy producers to join the association, which will control the dairy market by raising milk by three cents per bottle, one cent of which will go to the association. Moran's ultimate goal is for all three cents to go to the association. Those dairy producers who refuse to join are more forcefully coerced until they feel they have no other option but to join. The higher price of milk has a profound affect on consumers, some who can no longer afford this important product. One dairy producer who holds out of the association is Paige Creamery until Moran's gang threatens Paige's family. The police feel powerless to act until they have more concrete evidence. They convince Paige to continue to hold out so they can use his company as a front for their sting operation of Moran and his gang.Written by
The police chief of the city where the crooks set up their racket says he thought such crimes were usually only found in big cities, and not a small one like his. However, outside the window of the crooks' office can be seen New York skyscrapers. See more »
John Allgren, Department of Justice:
Extortion demands good organization, clever brains, and much money, but extortion cannot operate against a brave man who faces down these parasites and goes to the police for help. He cannot be robbed!
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Good portrayal of racketeering in this movie short
This is a very well dramatized short subject by MGM in 1936. Extra or bonus shorts such as this played with the main feature films of the studio theater days that ran through the 1960s. This short is on racketeering. It's very well done and won the Oscar for 1936 short subjects.
In the early decades of the 20th century, phony associations were formed in cities by gangsters who then "convinced" merchants to join them. This film shows a racketeering operation in which the phony association then could control the market and set prices to consumers. That's where the term racketeering comes from. This short gives a good example. Other types of criminal organizations didn't set prices or get involved in the marketing, but simply provided "protection" for their members. Those were organizations in name only – usually headed by a crime boss or family.
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