The Racketeer (1929)

imdb rating5.5
This late-20s gangster movie features Carole Lombard as a young gal who agrees to marry a smooth-talking gangster in exchange for the mob man's pledge to arrange a big-time concert appearance for her violinist boyfriend. The only thing that can save the day for the mis-aligned lovers is a shootout between the cops and the gangland thugs. This film is notable because it is one of the early 'talkies," and uses the newly developing audio technology with abandon. In fact, most of the action takes place off screen and the characters tell the cameras just what's happened. This one's small on sets, big on dialog.

Director

Howard Higgin

Cast

Robert Armstrong - Mahlon Keane
Carole Lombard - Rhoda Philbrooke
Roland Drew - Tony Vaughan
Paul Hurst - Mehaffy - Policeman
Kit Guard - Gus
Al Hill - Squid
Bobby Dunn - The Rat (as Bobbie Dunn)
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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