|Narrated by||Hugh Beaumont (1952–1953)|
|Composer(s)||Herschel Burke Gilbert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||98|
Hal Roach, Jr.
Hal Roach, Jr.
|Running time||23–26 minutes|
|Production||Showcase Productions, Inc.|
|Original network||CBS (1951–1953)|
|Original release||June 7, 1951 -|
September 28, 1953
Racket Squad is an American TV crime drama series that aired from 1951 to 1953.
The format was a narrated anthology drama, as each individual episode featured various ordinary citizens getting ensnared in a different confidence scheme. Episodes were introduced and narrated by Reed Hadley as "Captain John Braddock", a fictional detective working for a police department in a large, unnamed American city. Braddock served as the series' host and narrator.
The show originally was produced for the syndication market in 1950, was picked up by CBS in 1951, and ran on the network through 1953. The series was filmed at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California, and was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Philip Morris. The shows were produced at a cost of $25,000 per episode, which was cheap for the time.Racket Squad finished at #30 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1951-1952 season.
The show dramatized the methods and machinations of con men and bunko artists. At episode's end, Captain Braddock gave viewers advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of the confidence game illustrated in the episode. Plots were based on actual case files from United States police departments, business organizations and other agencies.
In the original episodes, Braddock addressed the victim in the second person, addressing the victim directly. In later episodes he narrated in the more conventional third person. Shooting was rapid, with 44 pages of script shot in two days.
The show featured several guest stars who would achieve starring roles in future film and television roles:
Alpha Video released various episodes on DVD Worldwide Distribution.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|Racket Squad, Vol. 1||4||2003|
|Racket Squad, Vol. 2||4||2005|
|Racket Squad, Vol. 3||4||2005|
|Racket Squad, Vol. 4||4||2005|
|Racket Squad, Vol. 5||4||2009|
|Racket Squad, Vol. 6||4||2009|
|1953||Emmy Award||Nominated||Best Mystery, Action or Adventure Program|
|1955||Best Mystery or Intrigue Series|