- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 25, 2005
- Originally Released: 1951
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- His Brother's Keeper
- Two Little Country Girls
- Smoke Eater
- Anyone Can Be A Sucker
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Ripped from the case files of police forces across the country, "Racket Squad" sought to expose the devious machinations of the con man. Running from 1951-1953, "Racket Squad" was one of the first series to portray the gritty reality of criminal investigation and was twice nominated for an Emmy award.
His Brother's Keeper: An elderly gambler known as Long Shot poses as a deaf hobo in order to receive handouts that he can use for gambling. Local gangsters already running a similar citywide racket don't take it lightly when Long Shot tries to beat them at their own game.
Two Little Country Girls: Assistant hotel manager Harvey Anderson accuses a bellhop of stealing $15,000 from a guest. Captain Braddock hears Anderson's story and suspects that the guest may be a confidence woman who has pulled this con in several other hotels.
Smoke Eater: Two petty swindlers con their way to riches by posing as Fire Marshals, enforcing fire code regulations at local businesses and collecting on the fines.
Anyone Can Be A Sucker: Risking his life and attempting to prevent a murder, small time crook Smiley Gibbons rats out a big-time gangster who runs a local gambling ring.
Each episode of this classic cop show was inspired from actual police files on cases involving con men. Nominated for two Emmys, RACKET SQUAD (which ran on US television from 1951-1953) helped set the standard for realistic police shows by offering a sobering, un-glamorized look at the criminal investigation process. This compilation collects four episodes: "His Brother's Keeper," "2 Little Country Girls," "Smoke Eater," and "Anyone Can Be A Sucker."