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Release Date:
21 October 1939 (USA) See more »
UNCLE SAM'S DARING T-MEN WILL PAY ANY PRICE - EVEN THEIR LIVES to get these bills...and the ruthless super-gang that makes them! See more »
T-Man Brass Bancroft goes undercover in a prison which has a secret counterfeit operation set up in the print shop. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ronald Reagan ... Lt. Brass Bancroft
Margot Stevenson ... Peggy
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Gabby
Joe Downing ... Dice Mathews
Charles D. Brown ... Parker
Joe King ... Saxby

William B. Davidson ... Warden Denby (as William Davidson)
Charles C. Wilson ... Capt. Kilrane (as Charles Wilson)
Elliott Sullivan ... Danny Galloway

John Hamilton ... Night Captain
Sidney Bracey ... Pop Dryden (as Sidney Bracy)
Jack Wise ... Prison Runner

Jack Mower ... First Night Guard
Don Turner ... Joe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nat Carr ... Prison Doctor (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Day Gate Guard (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Convict Printer (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Gambler (uncredited)

Donald Douglas ... Gordon (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Dave - Convict Custodian on Train (uncredited)
Milton Frome ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Convict (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Dice's Henchman (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Convict Pushed into Brawl (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Sentry Guard (uncredited)
John Harron ... Reporter at Trial (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Guard Muldoon (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Fats - Dice's Henchman (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Convict (uncredited)
Max Hoffman Jr. ... Guard George Shelden (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Bill - Moving Van Driver (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Convict (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Dice Table Croupier (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Superior Court Guard (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Second Convict Custodian on Train (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Convict (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Guard Shooting Machine Gun (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Night Gate Guard (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Guard Davis (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Second Night Guard (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Trial Spectator (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Convict (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Judge B.A. Royer (uncredited)
Monte Vandergrift ... Guard Searching in Patrol Car (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Convict (uncredited)
Leo White ... Convict (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Convict (uncredited)

Directed by
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
Writing credits
Anthony Coldeway (original screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey) and
Raymond L. Schrock (original screenplay) (as Raymond Schrock)

Jonathan Finn (idea)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
James Van Trees (director of photography)
L. William O'Connell (director of photography) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Frank Magee 
Art Direction by
Charles Novi 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Charles Perry .... technical advisor
Arthur Ripley .... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

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57 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5574)

Did You Know?

Jim Pierce is in studio records/casting call lists in the role of Counterman, but he did not appear in the movie.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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Best of the Series, 23 May 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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