Rubber Racketeers


1h 7m 1942

Brief Synopsis

Gilin (Ricardo Cortez), is just released from prison and now that the government has clamped down on the sale of tires, decides to enter the tire-stealing-for-resell racket. Driving home, he has a car wreck with defense workers Bill Barry (William Henry as Bill Henry) and Mary Dale (Barbara Read). His girl friend Nikki (Rochelle Hudson) persuades the gangster to settle Bill's claim by giving him the old car belonging to his Chinese servant Tom (Kam Tong), who is about to enter the army. Gilin sets up auto lots all over town where he sells cars and tires stolen by his gang. He also sells faulty synthetic tires and Mary's brother Freddy (Sam Edwards) is killed when one of those blows out. Bill and a group of defense workers try to trace the tire by its treads and finally locate one of Gilin's car lots as the place where it was sold. Gilin orders Nikki to set a trap for Bill so he can be eliminated. But Nikki warns Bill through Mary. Bill, feeling that Nikki knows the source of the "hot rubber" goes to see her at Gilin's apartment,where Gilin knocks him out. Tom, in his newly-issued Army uniform, pleas with his old boss to give up this unpatriotic racket and is shot by Gilin.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hot Rubber, Tire Gangster
Release Date
Jun 26, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
K-B Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,876ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

One night while driving home, ex-convict Gilin collides with defense workers Bill Barry and Mary Dale. Bill's tires are destroyed, and when the insurance company is unable to replace them, Gilin's girl friend Nikki convinces him to exchange Bill's car for the car of Gilin's Chinese servant Tom, who has enlisted in the Army. With government restrictions on rubber in place due to the war, Gilin goes into business stealing and re-selling good tires, then sells tires retreaded with cheap synthetic rubber to used-car lots. When one of Gilin's retreads blows out and causes the death of Mary's brother, Bill and his co-workers are outraged and become determined to find the culprit behind the shoddy tires. Gilin worries that his scheme will be discovered after Bill traces a tire to his lot. Nikki is pressured by Gilin to accept a date with Bill, but pretends not to be able to reach him, then secretly warns Mary of Gilin's murderous intentions. However, Bill goes to see Nikki, intending to ask her about the tire, and falls right into Gilin's trap. Gilin knocks Bill out and plans to kill him with Tom's help, but Tom refuses to participate when he learns that Gilin has been short-changing the war effort for his own gain. Gilin shoots Tom and escapes with Nikki to his warehouse. With his last breath, Tom awakens Bill and tells him to follow Gilin. Bill calls his co-workers and the police, and they raid the warehouse en masse. During the mêlée, Gilin is shot by one of his own thugs, who is appalled that Gilin would kill Tom, a soldier.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hot Rubber, Tire Gangster
Release Date
Jun 26, 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
K-B Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,876ft (7 reels)

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Tire Gangster and Hot Rubber. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, both Monogram and Twentieth Century-Fox initially registered the title Hot Rubber, and both stories dealt with tire racketeers. The Fox film was never made, however.