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Race Street

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Race Street
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdwin L. Marin
Screenplay byMartin Rackin
Based onRace Street
1945 story in Turf and Sport Digest
by Maurice Davis
Produced byNat Holt
executive
Jack Gross
StarringGeorge Raft
William Bendix
Marilyn Maxwell
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited bySamuel E. Beetley
Music byRoy Webb
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • June 22, 1948 (1948-06-22) (United States)[1]
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Race Street is a 1948 American crime film noir directed by Edwin L. Marin. The drama features George Raft, William Bendix and Marilyn Maxwell. It was one of several collaborations between Raft and Marin.[2]

Plot

When his bookie pal Hal is killed, nightclub owner Dan Gannin intends to do something about it. His police pal Lt. Runson warns him not to take the law into his own hands.

Also concerned is Dan's girlfriend, Robbie, a war widow. But when two thugs working for a mob boss blindfold and beat Dan, a disloyal Robbie is also in the room.

It turns out Robbie is not a widow at all but the showgirl ex-wife of the crime kingpin, Phil Dixon, and still working for him. She denies it at first, but Dan recalls recognizing the scent of her perfume while blindfolded.

Lt. Runson tries to provide Dan protective custody, but another bookie betrays Dan to the mob. The lieutenant is about to be shot when Dan intercepts the bullet. He dies as Dixon is placed under arrest.

Cast

Production

The script was based on a magazine serial by Maurice Davis which appeared in Turf and Sport Digest from December 1945 to March 1946. Film rights were bought by RKO. Raft signed in January 1947. According to the New York Times, Raft was to play a newspaper handicapper and William Bendix would play a bookmaker who tries to corrupt the handicapper because he is costing the bookmaker money.[3]

The story changed and the female lead went to Marilyn Maxwell.[4] Gale Robbins, who played Raft's sister, was a singer under contract to RKO.

There was some location filming in San Francisco.

At one time the film was going to be called Jackpot.[5]

The film was made by RKO when it was run by Dore Schary but before it was released the studio was bought by Howard Hughes and Schary left the company.

Reception

When the film was released, The New York Times film critic, Thomas M. Pryor, panned the film, writing, "everything about this dreary exercise in violence is strictly formula, depressingly juvenile and dull...Mr. Raft, an old hand at this sort of thing, handles himself with ease and authority, and William Bendix does a good job as the detective. There is even professional dexterity to the direction, but all this energy is completely wasted on a shoddy, routine story."[6]

The Los Angeles Times said the film "didn't have much to say."[7]

Box office

The film made a minor profit. It was the third of four films Raft made for RKO.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Race Street: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Vagg, Stephen (February 9, 2020). "Why Stars Stop Being Stars: George Raft". Filmink.
  3. ^ THOMAS F BRADY (January 29, 1947). "DRAMA AND FILM". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 165722281.
  4. ^ THOMAS F BRADY (August 15, 1947). "DAVENPORT NOVEL ACQUIRED BY FOX". New York Times. ProQuest 107811520.
  5. ^ By THOMAS F BRADY Special to The New York Times. (September 30, 1947). "'MAYERLING' LEAD TO JOAN FONTAINE". New York Times. ProQuest 108063042.
  6. ^ Pryor, Thomas M (August 23, 1948). "film review". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Scheuer, P. J. (December 3, 1948). "Raft meets 'musclers' in racket". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 165897819.
  8. ^ Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 132
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