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Racket Busters (1938)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  16 July 1938 (USA)
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Manhattan gangster John "Czar" Martin enters the trucking business in an effort to control the produce market. When he catches popular trucker Danny Jordan robbing the gang's office to ... See full summary »

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George Brent ...
Denny Jordan
Gloria Dickson ...
Nora Jordan
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'Skeets' Wilson
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Allison
Henry O'Neill ...
Governor
Penny Singleton ...
Gladys
Anthony Averill ...
Crane
Oscar O'Shea ...
Pop
Elliott Sullivan ...
Charlie Smith
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Smith
Joe Downing ...
Joe
Norman Willis ...
Gus
Don Rowan ...
Kimball
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Manhattan gangster John "Czar" Martin enters the trucking business in an effort to control the produce market. When he catches popular trucker Danny Jordan robbing the gang's office to provide for his pregnant wife Nora, Martin forces Jordan to join him. As the other truckers come around Martin appears to have won. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Ambición rota  »

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John 'Czar' Martin: Holler, suckers. When I get through with you, you'll holler even louder.
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Opening credits: Based upon official court records of the special rackets prosecution of the trucking racket in new york city. See more »

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Spoofed in Porky's Five & Ten (1938) See more »

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Racketeering as seen by the victims
10 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most gangster movies I've seen focus on the bad guy (Cagney/Robinson) or perhaps on the cop or D.A. trying to bust the gangs.

This movie, however, focuses on the people who are affected by the racketeers: the truckers who were forced into a crooked association run by Bogart. We see how the truckers, their families and businesses, are hurt by the protection rackets and bullying gangsters (who always wear nice hats and suits).

The producers are careful not to make this an anti-union movie, even though the plot is about gang incursions into unions. It's really a propaganda film, trying to convince union members and other working men to stand up and testify against gang pressures. The acting is OK, and there's plenty of action (explosions, car wrecks, fist fights) to keep you interested.

My favorite scenes involve gangsters using axes and creosote to destroy big crates of vegetables. Not quite your standard gangster fare!


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