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Smashing the Money Ring (1939)

T-Man Brass Bancroft goes undercover in a prison which has a secret counterfeit operation set up in the print shop.

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(as Terry Morse)

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(original screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey), (original screenplay) (as Raymond Schrock) | 1 more credit »
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Dice Mathews
Charles D. Brown ...
Parker
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Warden Denby (as William Davidson)
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Capt. Kilrane (as Charles Wilson)
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Danny Galloway
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Pop Dryden (as Sidney Bracy)
Jack Wise ...
Prison Runner
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First Night Guard
Don Turner ...
Joe
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The prison print ship is making counterfeit $10's and $20's and shipping them outside to Dice. He then goes aboard the gambling ship 'Kismet' and exchanges his bills for real money. But Steve Parker does not like this and gets himself arrested and Dice captured by the cops. But the phoney money has been spotted by the Feds and Brass is put into the prison population to see if he can get Dice to talk. It is up to Brass to find out where the bogus bills are being printed and who is behind it. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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MONEY FOR SALE - CHEAP! $100 Bills..$1.00 - $50 Bills...50 Cents See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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21 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Queer Money  »

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1.37 : 1
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Jim Pierce is in studio records/casting call lists in the role of Counterman, but he did not appear in the movie. See more »

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When Reagan and Joe Downing are on the prison wall, their medium shot is undercut with a long shot, obviously archival footage from an earlier film. The mismatch has Reagan's Bancroft go from wearing a hat with no gun to no hat and holding a pistol while Downing's character Dice goes from no hat and a pistol to a hat and a rifle. See more »

Quotes

Warden Denby: That's enough, Captain.
Night Captain: But, Warden, you can't handle killers with kid gloves. They are killers!
Warden Denby: Granted but you first gotta prove it.
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My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
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Whistled by George Chesebro
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23 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Smashing the Money Ring (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Third film in Warner's Brass Bancroft series once again features Ronald Reagan going up against counterfeiters. This time out he puts himself in prison to keep his eye on a suspect who might not only be passing fake money but also calling shots on people. This third film in the series manages to be the best that I've seen so far and it's fast pace makes for a very entertaining 57-minutes. If you're a fan of Warner prison movies then you'll want to check this out even though it's certainly not the best that the genre has to offer up. The movie has plenty of nice laughs, great fights and it never slows down to take a breathe. Fans of "B" movies will also find this one entertaining even though nothing too original happens. What I enjoyed most was that the movie never slowed down as it starts off dealing with counterfeits and then jumps into racketeers and then it turns into a semi-horror film with a couple murders in the prison done by a man in shadows. All of this adds up to a fun time if you have a hour to kill. Reagan is pretty good in his role, although he's not too believable as a tough guy. His Cagney impression is at times laughable but there is a certain charm to it. Margot Stevenson, Eddie Foy, Jr. and Joe Downing round out the fun supporting cast. George Reeves, the future Superman, can be seen in the courtroom scene if you look closely. The idea of running a counterfeiting ring inside a prison is laughable but that too just adds to the "B" charm of the film.


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