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Racket Busters (1938)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 16 July 1938 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Robert Rossen (original screen play), Leonardo Bercovici (original screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... John Martin
George Brent ... Denny Jordan
Gloria Dickson ... Nora Jordan
Allen Jenkins ... 'Skeets' Wilson
Walter Abel ... Allison
Henry O'Neill ... Governor
Penny Singleton ... Gladys
Anthony Averill ... Crane
Oscar O'Shea ... Pop
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Charlie Smith
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Smith
Joe Downing Joe Downing ... Joe
Norman Willis ... Gus
Don Rowan Don Rowan ... Kimball
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Storyline

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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WARNER BROS' TIME BOMBSHELL! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambición rota See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Czar and his men are walking through the produce area of town, the boom mike's shadow is visible as they stroll toward their new building. See more »

Quotes

'Skeets' Wilson: Still not afraid?
Denny Jordan: No. Just mad.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Based upon official court records of the special rackets prosecution of the trucking racket in new york city. See more »

Connections

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

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Standard Gangster Fare
24 September 2002 | by susanswebSee all my reviews

If you want to see this movie because Humphrey Bogart is the star, save your time. He gets top billing because of what he became after this movie. In this movie he is in it enough to barely be called a supporting actor. George Brent is the real star, so all Brent fans should watch this (if there are any). Here we have an oddity - our hero prevents the mob from taking over the trucking industry! Of course we know what really happened. Atypical gangster ending for this movie; the length of the jail sentence is also stated! The ending came so quickly that one thinks that is was hastily cobbled together. One positive note is that Allen Jenkins actually plays a good guy for a change.


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