Smashing the Rackets

Smashing the Rackets

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lew Landers
Produced by B.P. Fineman
Written by Lionel Houser
Based on Smashing the Rackets
by Forrest Davis
Starring Chester Morris
Frances Mercer
Rita Johnson
Bruce Cabot
Edward Pawley
Music by Frank Tours
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by Harry Marker
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release dates
  • August 19, 1938 (1938-08-19)
Running time
69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Smashing the Rackets is a 1938 American drama film directed by Lew Landers and written by Lionel Houser. The film stars Chester Morris, Frances Mercer, Rita Johnson, Bruce Cabot and Edward Pawley. The film 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...



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