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Smashing the Rackets

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Smashing the Rackets
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLew Landers
Written byLionel Houser
Based onSmashing the Rackets
1938 in in The Saturday Evening Post
by Forrest Davis
Produced byB.P. Fineman
StarringChester Morris
Frances Mercer
Rita Johnson
Bruce Cabot
Edward Pawley
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited byHarry Marker
Music byFrank Tours
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • August 19, 1938 (1938-08-19)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States

Smashing the Rackets is a 1938 American drama film directed by Lew Landers, written by Lionel Houser, and starring Chester Morris, Frances Mercer, Rita Johnson, Bruce Cabot and Edward Pawley. It was released on August 19, 1938, by RKO Pictures.[1][2][3]


Jim 'Sock' Conway, former boxer and FBI hero, is maneuvered for political reasons into a do-nothing job in the district attorney's office. Meanwhile, he meets wild debutante Letty Lane, girlfriend of mob mouthpiece Steve Lawrence; and Letty's much nicer sister Susan. Now the slot machine gang brutally beats Jim's friends Franz and Otto. And Jim finds a way to use his nominal position to go into the racket- busting business. But his success puts Letty in deadly peril...



  1. ^ "Smashing the Rackets (1938) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson (2014). "Smashing-the-Rackets - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Smashing The Rackets Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Smashing The Rackets -". TV Guide. Retrieved 12 September 2014.

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