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Smashing the Rackets(1938)

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Forrest Davis' series of articles chronicled the life and exploits of Thomas E. Dewey, who from 1935 to 1937 was a special prosecutor in New York, investigating and exposing organized crime. From 1937 to 1938, Dewey was the district attorney for the county of New York and was governor of New York from 1942 to 1954. In 1944 and 1948, he ran for President on the Republican ticket. Although the character played by Frances Mercer is referred to in reviews and the cutting continuity as "Susan," in the film she is called "Pat." Hollywood Reporter production news items add Clyde Dilson, Jack Adair, Walter Rogers, Ann Evers and Nestor Paiva to the cast. Their participation in the film has not been confirmed. RKO borrowed Rita Johnson from M-G-M for this production. Daily Variety's preview running time of 80 minutes suggests that the film was cut substantially before its general release.