Cast & Crew
Hailed as a hero for his efforts against a group of racketeers, F.B.I. agent Jim Conway is asked by District Attorney Edward Greer to become an assistant district attorney in his office. Unaware that Greer desires him for political reasons only, Jim, who graduated from a night law school, eagerly accepts the position. When Jim learns about Greer's true intentions, however, he threatens to quit but changes his mind after he is assigned to represent Letty Lane, a wild debutante whose older sister Pat, Jim admires. While Jim romances Pat, the racketeers, led by Whitey Clark and Chin Martin, press the local businessmen to put slot machines in their shops. Concerned by the shop owners' resistance to his scheme, Chin Marin hires lawyer Steve Lawrence, Letty's boyfriend, to file an injunction against the district attorney's office. Lawrence also suggests to Chin that he would provide better leadership for the gang than Whitey, who uses excessive strong-arm tactics, and Chin agrees to consider Whitey's elimination. Whitey then orders his men to "put the heat" on a select number of uncooperative shop owners, and Franz and his young son Otto, neighbors of Jim, are attacked. After Otto dies from his wounds, Jim demands to take the case against the hoodlums, but is unable to convict any of the indicted men because of judicial corruption. Determined to nail Otto's killer, however, Jim and police detective Mac trick a fourth thug into identifying the attackers. After the ambitious Chin and Lawrence arrange for Whitey to be killed during an attempt on Jim's life, Jim, who has been named a special prosecutor, learns that the gang has infiltrated the entertainment business. By convincing Flo Fisher, nightclub owner, to "play dead" in front of her fellow entertainers, Jim secures enough testimony to indict a key racketeer. Lawrence, meanwhile, sets up the greedy Chin in a police raid and leaves for the country without Letty. Suspicious, Letty follows Lawrence to his country home and, when Chin arrives and threatens Lawrence with a gun, kills the interloper while Peggy, Lawrence's other woman, watches. Eventually Jim deduces that Lawrence is the "big boss," but is stymied when he accuses Letty of Chin's murder. Armed with Peggy's eyewitness account, Lawrence tries to bargain with Jim for a reduced charge but is denied. To save Pat from scandal, Letty then kills herself in an automobile crash. Later, Jim, who is now married to Pat, opens his own law office.
Joseph De Stefani
Frank M. Thomas
Theodore Von Eltz
J. Robert Bren
B. P. Fineman
Earl B. Mounce
Van Nest Polglase
Smashing the Rackets
Smashing the Rackets
What does F.B.I. stand for? Feeling Brutally Inclined?- Susan 'Pat' Lane
I hope I never set eyes on you again!- Susan 'Pat' Lane
Lady, you took the words right out of my heart.- Jim 'Sock' Conway
Loosely based on the career of New York D.A. Thomas E. Dewey.
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.