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Racket Squad 

This series dramatizes confidence games which fall under the jurisdiction of Captain John Braddock.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

In the "Racket Squad" comic, Capt. Braddock's name was changed to John. J. O'Malley and he was dropped after about ten issues, although the stories that feature him were reprinted in later issues. See more »

Quotes

[Introduction to each episode]
Captain Braddock: [to the camera] What you are about to see is a real-life story, taken from the files of the police racket and bunco squads, business protective associations and similar sources around the country. It is intended to expose the confidence game - the carefully worked-out frauds by which confidence men take more money each year from the American public than all the bank robbers and thugs with their violence.
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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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