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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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Raft at his roughest tangles with a dame at her deadliest! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jackpot 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

The last of four films made by George Raft for RKO. 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 »

Soundtracks

I'm in a Jam with Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Heindorf and M.K. Jerome
Lyrics Ted Koehler
Performed by Gale Robbins
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Race to see this exceptional film noir flick
13 January 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

One of the best of the film noir movies was "Nocturne" directed by Edwin L. Marin starring George Raft. The two teamed once more in an attempt to recreate the magic of that movie. Though the result "Race Street" doesn't have the compactness nor the intricate story lines of "Nocturne," it is worthwhile film noir. George Raft while not a great actor had an aura about him that gave authenticity to roles such as that of Dan Gannin. William Bendix, perhaps the most underrated actor Hollywood ever produced with the possible exception of Bob Mitchum, steals the show as always. Marilyn Maxwell makes a dandy femme fatale and the rest of the cast do their part to make this one a winner.

The cinematography of the San Francisco area is crisp black and white at its best. Who ever designed the stairs that Harry Morgan is thrown down to his death deserves special recognition. Later George Raft is beat up on the same stairs. They appear menacing with the cold drab look of death about them.

The music is appropriate and the songs well chosen to capture the necessary mood of the piece. Even the title is a good one. "Race Street" may indicate horses since the film is about double dealing bookies but it is also a metaphor for the story.


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