Race Street (1948)

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In San Francisco, when a bookie is murdered by a protection racket syndicate, his bookie friend Dan Gannin and police lieutenant Barney Runson investigate.


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9 September 2020 | Ed-Shullivan
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| Another bad bet made watching this time waster with the stiff as a board George Raft
This is a waste of time even with the great William Bendix appearing in it as Lt. Barney Runson, childhood friend of the now gambling bookie Daniel J. 'Dan' Gannin (George Raft). The gist of the story is that George Raft plays a bookie whose associate Hal Towers (Harry Morgan) tells him there is a new group of gangsters trying to muscle in on their territory which neither bookie has any intention of being bullied and scared into giving up their lucrative gambling books.

Raft, as in his other films is attempting to play a Humphrey Bogart macho/suave type of gangster but as far as I am concerned, if the Razzie Awards were around in the 1930's, then George Raft would be a perennial winner. He is so stiff, and his dialogue would have you believe he literally has his script in his hands reading verbatim.

It's a boring film right until the bitter end even though we the audience are supposed to have gained some empathy for Raft's bookie character. As for me, I can't watch another Raft film, as he sucks big time.

I give Race Street a 3 out of 10 IMDB rating.

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