Smashing the Rackets (Full Screen)
Warner Archive Collection (series)
Inspired by the exploits of real-life New York DA Thomas Dewey, Chester Morris leads the cast in this tight, no-nonsense crime thriller.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 3, 2012
- Originally Released: 1938
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Chester Morris, Bruce Cabot, Rita Johnson & Don Douglas|
|Performer:||Edward Pawley, Don Douglas, Kay Sutton, Ben Welden, Paul Fix, Eddie Acuff & George Irving|
|Directed by||Lew Landers|
|Edited by||Harry Marker|
|Screenwriting by||Lionel Houser|
|Art Direction by||Van Nest Polglase|
|Produced by||B.P. Fineman|
|Director of Photography:||Nicholas Musuraca|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Jim "Sock" Conway -- former fighter, former fed. Now benched by the political hacks infesting the DA's office, Sock's racket-busting days are seemingly behind him. But when the mob's muscle leans a little too hard on some neighbor pals of his, it's time for the Assistant DA to don the gloves of a Special Prosecutor and give the rackets the licking they deserve. But Sock's return to racket-busting soon puts his girl and her flighty debutante sister in danger.
"Ripped from today's headlines", RKO Radio's SMASHING THE RACKETS was inspired by the career of colorful New York district attorney Thomas E. Dewey. Chester Morris plays the Dewey character, here rechristened Jim Conway. Starting out as a G-Man, Conway is appointed special prosecutor of a conveniently unnamed state, whereupon he declares war on such gangster types as Bruce Cabot and Ben Welden. But while the real Dewey ascended to the governor's chair, Jim Conway settles for a private law practice once his job is done. The talented but underused Frances Mercer provides the film's romantic interest. SMASHING THE RACKETS was the first of several "exploitation" pictures produced by RKO's B-picture maven Lee Marcus; the next on the docket was TARNISHED ANGEL, an "a clef" retelling of the Aimee Semple McPherson story.
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