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Crime Ring (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Crime | 8 July 1938 (USA)
Newspaper reporter Joe Ryan and District Attorney Thomas Redwine strike a deal. In exchange for having access to jailed actress Judy Allen, Joe must help Thomas on a tough racketeering case.

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Joe Ryan
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Judy Allen
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Phoebe Sawyer
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Kitty
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Lionel Whitmore
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Nate
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Jenner
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Thomas Redwine
Vinton Hayworth ...
Buzzell (as Jack Arnold)
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Ray Taylor
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Clifton
Leona Roberts ...
Mrs. Wharton
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Marvin
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Newspaper reporter Joe Ryan and District Attorney Thomas Redwine strike a deal. In exchange for having access to jailed actress Judy Allen, Joe must help Thomas on a tough racketeering case.

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CĂ­rculo de Crime  »

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Several cast members listed in contemporary news items did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were Paul Guilfoyle, Jack Carson and Phyllis Kennedy. See more »

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Fortune-Tellers and the Underworld...
28 June 2003 | by (NYC & Cherry Grove) – See all my reviews

This is a predictable, yet very enjoyable, crime drama about a "protection" racket for fortune-tellers. It's a fast moving little programmer with a wonderful cast of veteran supporting actors.

Allan Lane, playing a newspaper reporter, is the leading man. The leading lady was a nobody with a pretty face. In fact, you might as well say that the 'leading-lady' was Clara Blandick. She was cast as a crusty old multi-millionaire who, as the reporter's friend, ultimately helps him break up the 'crime-ring' of the film's title.

The story in a nut-shell: A newspaper reporter goes after a "crime ring" that 'protects' the city's bogus fortune tellers in return for 10% of their take.

But that's not the crime-ring's main source of income. They use the fortune tellers to 'steer' gullible victims to the crime-ring's spurious mining-stock salesmen, as well as other rip-offs.

This "Crime-Ring" indulges in fraud, extortion, abduction, murder--- well, you get the idea....

The background and supporting roles are played with great skill by a cast which is largely (and amazingly) uncredited!

B-Movie devotees will spot some of the genre's 'greats' in fairly meaty supporting roles, yet their names failed to appear anywhere in the credits. For example- the great 'comedy-relief' supporting actor, Tom Kennedy, appears throughout this film (AS the film's comedy-relief, natch), but is no where in the credits!

Also uncredited were B-movie & short-film vets Jack Rice & Byron Foulger.

This is a short, zippy, well-acted little film with a great cast. It follows a standard 'formula', so there are no surprises, but it's great fun to watch and I highly recommend it.


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