What's Your Racket? (1934)

Genres - Crime  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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What's Your Racket? was another aimless crime drama from low-budget Mayfair Productions, albeit with a more alluring title than usual (most Mayfair efforts bore such yawn-provoking names as Her Forgotten Past and Sister to Judas). The story opens as heroine Mae Cosgrove (Noel Francis) robs the home of gangster Jimmie Dean (a miscast Creighton Hale). Mae's not really a bad girl; she's just fallen into bad company. She alters her course in life when she falls in love with rookie cop Bert Miller (Regis Toomey), who doesn't suspect that Mae is tied in with chief villain Dick Graves (J. Carroll Naish) The "surprise" revelation of Mae's true identity -- she's the daughter of a banker framed for robbery by Dean and Graves -- comes out of nowhere, suggesting that the producers showed up on the set one day and exclaimed "Say, we gotta wrap this film up some time!" What's Your Racket? was directed by Fred Guiol, who once piloted the comedies of Laurel & Hardy at Hal Roach Studios.

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gangster, frame-up, infiltration, investigator, moll, police, rival, undercover