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Racket Busters

1938 1h 11m Crime Drama List
Reviews 45% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
New York City crime kingpin John Martin (Humphrey Bogart) and his men terrorize local truckers into working for them, but young, self-employed driver Denny Jordan (George Brent) manages to fend off the gangsters. Eventually, Martin's thugs bully Denny's pregnant wife and destroy his business, and the desperate trucker commits a robbery in order to make ends meet. But the mobsters know about the crime, so they blackmail Denny into joining the racket, and he finds himself mixed up in a murder. Read More Read Less

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Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Gangster-film fans won't find anything very new or startling about it. Jul 22, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Bogart is effective and that is about it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/14/24 Full Review ashley h Racket Busters is an okay film. It is about Manhattan gangster John "Czar" Martin who enters the trucking business in an effort to control the produce market. Humphrey Bogart and George Brent give decent performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Lloyd Bacon did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the adventure. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member another good gangsta pic from WB Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis New York City crime kingpin John Martin (Humphrey Bogart) and his men terrorize local truckers into working for them, but young, self-employed driver Denny Jordan (George Brent) manages to fend off the gangsters. Eventually, Martin's thugs bully Denny's pregnant wife and destroy his business, and the desperate trucker commits a robbery in order to make ends meet. But the mobsters know about the crime, so they blackmail Denny into joining the racket, and he finds himself mixed up in a murder.
Director
Lloyd Bacon
Screenwriter
Robert Rossen, Leonardo Bercovici
Production Co
Warner Bros. Pictures
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 11m