Smashing the Money Ring (1939): Morse’s Adventure, Starring Ronald Reagan

Terry O. Morse directed Smashing the Money Ring, a B-level adventure, written by Anthony Coldeway and Raymond L. Schrock, and starring Ronald Reagan, Margot Stevenson, and Eddie Foy, Jr.

Grade C+ (** out of *****)

Smashing the Money Ring
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Theatrical release poster

A counterfeit money ring is being run from prison by gangster Dice Matthews and casino owner Steve Parker, who is behind bars for slugging a cop.

Law enforcement agent Brass Bancroft (Reagan) goes undercover as a convict, getting help on the outside from his right-hand man, Gabby, while infiltrating the counterfeiting ring.

Parker’s daughter, Peggy, becomes involved, identifying a guard who’s also in on the scheme after her father is murdered.

Bancroft and Matthews make a break for it, but although the guard shoots both, Bancroft recovers and sees that justice is done.

Ronald Reagan as Lt. Brass Bancroft
Margot Stevenson as Peggy
Eddie Foy, Jr. as Gabby
Joe Downing as Dice Mathews
Charles D. Brown as Parker
Joe King as Saxby
William B. Davidson as Warden Denby
Charles C. Wilson as Capt. Kilrane
Elliott Sullivan as Danny Galloway


Directed by Terry O. Morse
Produced by Bryan Foy
Screenplay by Anthony Coldeway, Raymond L. Schrock
Music by Bernhard Kaun
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by Frank Magee

Production company: First National Pictures

Distributed by Warner Bros.

Release date: October 21, 1939

Running time: 57 minutes


TCM showed the movie on July 21, 2020.