When G-Men Step In


60m 1938

Brief Synopsis

Fred Garth (Don Terry) owns a printing establishment and poses as a business research expert, but actually runs several white-collar rackets operating by means of high-pressure telephone soliciting. He has sent his younger brother, Bruce Garth (Robert Paige), through law school with the intention of making him his legal watch-dog. But idealist Bruce enrolls as a Department of Justice investigator, and is detailed to track down charity and other phoney rackets. Both brothers are in love with attractive socialite Marjorie Drake (Julie Bishop as Jacqueline Wells), who is unaware of Fred's schemes and he uses her to meet other social leaders with pet charities and his salesmen sell them the program ads at five times the charity rate. Bruce and his partner Neale (Gene Morgan) trace the phone rackets to Bruce and a confrontation looms.

Film Details

Also Known As
You Can't Win
Release Date
Mar 31, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Racketeer Frederick Garth poses as a business research expert and makes fake telephone solicitations, the money from which he uses to send his brother Bruce through law school. Intent on hiring Bruce to work for him once his degree is conferred, Fred is disappointed when Bruce decides to work as an investigator for the Department of Justice instead and begins cracking down on racketeering. Garth and Bruce are both in love with Marjory Drake, a socialite who introduces Garth to other social leaders, and who is unaware that Garth is a racketeer. Meanwhile, Bruce and another investigator, Neale, close in on the racket by impersonating telephone company employees, and soon trace the illegal activity to Garth's office building. Although Garth quickly moves out of the building, the G-men eventually track one of his operations at a new location and it is raided. Garth allows the raid on the office to take place so that investigators will think that they have ended his operation, and offers to pay all those taken to jail fifty dollars a day to keep quiet. When Bruce suspects that Garth is also behind a lottery ticket racket, he investigates further and searches his brother's printing shop, where he finds proof to confirm his suspicions. Later, Garth's lieutenant, Clip, convinces the other racketeers that Garth is working with his brother to further his brother's career and is about to double-cross them and leave the country with Marjory and their money. To prevent this, the gang abducts Marjory and plans to hold her hostage until Garth surrenders the money. Bruce, meanwhile, unable to bring himself to arrest his brother, tells him to flee the country with Marjory before he has the other racketeers arrested. Bruce also tells Garth that he will resign from the force after he protects him, but Garth refuses to allow that to happen and knocks Bruce out to make it look as if he resisted arrest. When Bruce regains consciousness, he learns that Garth has gone to rescue Marjory, and sends the authorities to the printing plant to capture the gangsters. No sooner does Bruce arrive at the plant than he is overpowered by the gang and placed beside Garth and Marjory, who are being prepared for execution. After Garth is killed trying to effect an escape, G-men raid the plant and capture the racketeers. Finally, Bruce and Marjory look forward to a future together.

Film Details

Also Known As
You Can't Win
Release Date
Mar 31, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

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Notes

The working title of this film was You Can't Win.