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Gang Smashers (1938)

Approved | | Crime, Music | 30 December 1938 (USA)
Undercover anti-gang agent works in a nightclub where a protection racket is headquartered.


Leo C. Popkin


Ralph Cooper (story), Hazel Barsworth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Mae McKinney ... Laura Jackson
Laurence Criner Laurence Criner ... Gat Dalton
Monte Hawley Monte Hawley ... Lefty
Mantan Moreland ... Gloomy
Reginald Fenderson ... Nick
Edward Thompson Edward Thompson ... Doyle
Vernon McCalla Vernon McCalla ... Police Captain
Charles Hawkins Charles Hawkins ... Gopher
Everett Brown ... Police Lieutenant
Lester Wilkins Lester Wilkins ... 2nd Police Officer
Neva Peoples Neva Peoples ... Cararet Entertainer
Arthur Ray Arthur Ray ... Bowers
Bo Jinkins Bo Jinkins ... Cabaret Entertainer (as Bo-Jenkins)
John Criner Jr. John Criner Jr. ... Wells (as John Criner)
Maggie Hathaway Maggie Hathaway ... Dander (as Margaret Flemmings)


Undercover anti-gang agent works in a nightclub where a protection racket is headquartered.

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IT BLASTS THE LID OFF HARLEM RACKETS! (original ad - all caps)


Crime | Music


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Release Date:

30 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun Moll See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Nina Mae McKinney saves this movie!
23 April 2003 | by msladysoulSee all my reviews

This is one of Nina Mae McKinney's best movies. This movie would remind you of a Warner Bros. type movie of the late 1930s or early 1940s. Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan type movie, crime/drama. Monte Hawley, Laurence Criner, and Ann Sheridan keeps this movie on its feet. They surely look like the Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, and Ann Sheridan. Nina Mae would remind of Ann Sheridan, tough, sneaky, fiesty, sassy, and funny. This movie is about a undercover police woman who poses as a nighclub entertainer to catch the main man behind the racketeers going on around Harlem. In the meanwhile two men are falling for her. For being a 60 min movie, its very jam-packed and filled with drama, great acting, great entertainment and music from the great Harlem days. Nina Mae McKinney steals this movie, she shows her singing talents, comedy and sense of humor, and all in all her great acting that won our hearts when she was in Hallelujah. Independent Black Movies were the only way Blacks could be in movies, some of the filming and sound wasn't good but its worth watching. But this film is good, it matters where you get it though. These blacks were great actors, actresses, entertainers, and comedians, these films were the only way to show their stuff. Hollywood couldn't handle Blacks, I guess they knew it would give the white people a run for their money. Well, if you can get this movie you won't be sorry, I been looking for this for a year, and it was worth it. Nina Mae McKinney surely has the acting talents of a Clara Bow, Greta Garbo, and Ann Sheridan. But she's in a class of her own for sure.

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