Race Street

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Race Street
Race Street 1948 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Produced by Nat Holt
Screenplay by Martin Rackin
Story by Maurice Davis
Starring George Raft
William Bendix
Marilyn Maxwell
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited by Samuel E. Beetley
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date
  • June 22, 1948 (1948-06-22) (United States)[1]
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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


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.



When the film was released, The New York Times film critic, Thomas M. Pryor, panned the film, writing, "In Race Street, a regulation melodrama which opened Saturday at the Mayfair, George Raft is playing a regulation big-time bookie who is harassed by regulation muscle-men. In fact, 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."[3]

Box office[edit]

The film made a minor profit. It was the last of four films Raft made for RKO.[4]


  1. ^ "Race Street: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Race Street on Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ Pryor, Thomas m. The New York Times, film review, August 23, 1948. Last accessed: February 27, 2011.
  4. ^ Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 132

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