Rackety Rax


1h 10m 1932

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 23, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story Rackety Rax by Joel Sayre in American Mercury (New York, Jan 1932).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,800ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Racketeer Frank "Knuckles" McGloin, head of McGloin Enterprises, is always looking for a new way to turn an easy buck. When offered the opportunity to get into the dog racing racket, however, he rejects it, saying that he only wants to be involved in "legitimate rackets." McGloin is aided in his crime racket by Mr. Sultsfeldt, who is in charge of the legal department, Sister Carrie, who oversees the welfare department, and Speed Bennett, who runs the publicity department. Following the defeat of a McGloin sponsored candidate in a local election, McGloin shoots Clarence "Horseface" Beamer, the staff member who failed to rig the election in his favor. When McGloin is tried for Horseface's murder, Sultsfeldt turns the proceedings into mayhem when he releases a flock of doves to prove his conviction that his client is a "loving man." The ploy works, however, and McGloin wins his freedom. Once he resumes his business, McGloin is forced to contend with Joe Gilotti, the head of a rival racketeering mob, who is muscling in on his territory. McGloin finds Gilotti at a football game, and warns him to stay out of McGloin territory. While at the football stadium, McGloin becomes so impressed with the high profits generated by the sport, that he decides to get in on it himself. At Sultzfeldt's suggestion, McGloin purchases the mortgage on Canarsie College and hires thugs to play on the school team. Voine, Knuckles' moll, picks out the team colors, and his nightclub dancers are made team cheerleaders. Former Sing-Sing inmate Brick Gilligan is hired as the team's coach, and he trains the boys to play rough. Soon the team takes off on a winning streak, and McGloin corners the college football market. At the big Canarsie versus Lake Shore Tech game, Canarsie's star quarterback, Red, double-crosses his team and leaks the team's signals to Lake Shore Tech. While McGloin threatens his players with harm should they lose, Gilotti, who secretly owns the Lake Shore team under the name J. Scattergood Pemberton, orders his players to win the game to save the honor of his daughter, who was "wronged" by the Canarsie backfield. Prior to kick-off, McGloin learns that Gilotti is Lake Shore's real owner. The game gets off to a gangster-like start when the ball is snapped into the air and gunned down. Both sides immediately pull out their weapons, and a gas bomb is tossed into McGloin's huddle. As a bloody mobster battle rages on the field, Gilotti's car is rigged with explosives to prevent him from escaping alive. When the police break up the fight, Gilotti and McGloin make amends and decide to become partners. The two mob leaders are killed, however, when they drive off in Gilotti's car and the bomb explodes.

Cast

Victor Mclaglen

Frank "Knuckles" McGloin

Greta Nissen

Voine

Nell O'day

Doris

Arthur Pierson

Speed Bennett

Allan Dinehart

Counsellor Sultsfeldt

Allen Jenkins

Mike Dumphy

Vincent Barnett

Dutch

Marjorie Beebe

Mrs. McGloin

Esther Howard

Sister Carrie

Ivan Linow

Tossilitis

Stanley Fields

Joe Gilotti, assumed name of J. Scattergood Pemberton

Ward Bond

Brick Gilligan

Eric Mayne

Cr. Vanderveer

John P. Medbury

Radio announcer

Joe Brown

McGloin's bodyguard

John Keyes

McGloin's bodyguard

Tom Taylor

Yale football player

Ed Rotan

Yale football player

Edward Lea Jr.

Princeton football player

Walter Gahagan

Princeton football player

Edmund Mays Jr.

Harvard football player

Carl Rhodes

Pennsylvania football player

Harold Ross

Pennsylvania football player

Lawrence "moon" Mullins

Notre Dame football player

Frank Baker

Northwestern football player

Jack Riley

Northwestern football player

Dale Van Sickle

Florida football player

Conrad Caldwell

Oklahoma football player

"van" Van Beeber

Oklahoma football player

George Watkins

California football player

Ralph Stone

California football player

Ed Kerwan

California football player

Pete Heiser

Stanford football player

C. S. Ehrhorn

Stanford football player

Phil Wilson

Stanford football player

Jesse Hibbs

Southern California football players

Garrett Arbelbide

Southern California football player

Ham Hammock

Southern California football player

Stan Williamson

Southern California football player

Alonzo Stagg

Chicago University coach

Howard Jones

Southern California coach

Virginia Sale

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 23, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story Rackety Rax by Joel Sayre in American Mercury (New York, Jan 1932).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,800ft (6 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Many of the football players who appeared in the film were well-known players at the time of the film's release.