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Smashing the Rackets
     

Smashing the Rackets

Director: Lew Landers,

Cast: Chester Morris, Frances Mercer, Bruce Cabot

 
"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

Overview

"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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Although nothing to get too excited about, this little RKO thriller actually holds up very well thanks to no-nonsense direction by Lew Landers and good performance by a well-chosen cast that includes Chester Morris, Frances Mercer, Bruce Cabot, and Rita Johnson. The distaff side is especially well represented here, Johnson and Mercer both fine at playing cool and calculating society debs. The latter makes the most out of a rare co-starring assignment and Smashing the Rackets emerges as one of those forgotten little B-pictures ripe for reevaluation.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/03/2012
UPC:
0883316478844
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:08:00
Sales rank:
55,704

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chester Morris Jim Conway
Frances Mercer Susan Lane
Bruce Cabot Steve Lawrence
Rita Johnson Letty Lane
Donald Douglas Spaulding
Ben Welden Whitey Clark
Edward Pawley Chin Martin
Walter Miller Mac
Frank M. Thomas Judge Wend
George S. Irving Greer
Kay Sutton Peggy
Theodore Von Eltz Ellis
Edith Craig Flo
George Lloyd Leonard
Paul Fix Maxie
Eddie Acuff Actor
Joseph DeStefani Actor
Frank O'Connor Actor

Technical Credits
Lew Landers Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
B.P. Fineman Producer
Lionel Houser Screenwriter
Harry Marker Editor
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Frank Tours Musical Direction/Supervision

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