Rubber Racketeers (June 26, 1942)

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William Henry in Rubber Racketeers
 

Released on June 26, 1942: During World War II when all the new rubber is being used for the military war effort, a defense worker and his buddies bust a rubber racketeer stealing and selling rubber illegally.

Produced by Maurice King

Directed by Harold Young

The Actors: Ricardo Cortez (Gilin), Rochelle Hudson (Nikki), William Henry (Bill Barry), Barbara Read (Mary Dale), John Abbott (Dimbo), Dick Rich (Mule), Dewey Robinson (Larkin), Sam Edwards (Freddy Dale), Kam Tong (Tom), Milburn Stone (Angel), Pat Gleason (Curley), Alex Callam (Butch), Alan Hale Jr. (Red), Dick Hogan (Bert), Marjorie Manners (Lila), Lynton Brent (henchman), Arthur Gardner (unknown)

 

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Rubber Tires and Cinnamon Buns

My mom and dad were well past what is considered 'child-bearing' age during the brutal winter of 1950-1951, and they already had 5 girls and a very ill son, but in the fall of 1951, there I was! It was a real blessing for me that my parents were as old as most kids' grandparents, because I learned to respect and value their experiences and their stories from days long ago . . . I am sure that the stories that my mom and dad told me about their younger days contributed to my immense love of the old movies from those days. Mom always cooked the meals at home, but every once in a while Dad would take over the kitchen and bake a big batch of 'sticky buns' that would become the memorable highlight of the day. As I watched him make the dough and roll it out and fill it with fresh cinnamon and whatever else went into the best fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls he would tell stories. During World War II, long before he discovered that his passion was to be a preacher, he was a machinist turning out parts that were vital to the war effort. I remember when he showed me the yellowed-with-age government issued card that he kept in his wallet all his life that stated his job was vital to the war effort and he could not be fired or drafted into the military. He said that while mom always cooked the meals, he was the baker in the family. During the war years, to earn extra money he would get up in the dark hours of the night and bake loaves of bread, and batches of cinnamon rolls, and as the sun was coming up he would load the baked goods into his car - which had no tires - and drive around the neighborhood selling his bread and cinnamon rolls to the neighbors. He explained that in 1942 during the war the military build-up was to immense that many things like sugar, gasoline, beef . . . and rubber for tires . . . was being sucked up by the giant war-machine that the U.S. was quickly building, and as a result people did without gladly, in order to help the war effort that was under way after the December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor thrust us into battle. No one could get new tires for their cars so when their tires wore out, one either parked their car or drove it around on the rims . . . of course this would ruin the rims and they would need to be replaced if and when rubber tires were again available, but in those days everyone did whatever they had to in order to survive and thrive. This crime adventure is about those days in 1942 when rubber all but disappeared from the streets of America. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr. in Rubber Racketeers
Alan Hale Jr. in Rubber Racketeers
Barbara Reed and William Henry
Barbara Reed and William Henry
Barbara Read
Barbara Read
John Abbott and Ricardo Cortez
John Abbott and Ricardo Cortez
John Abbott and Rochelle Hudson
John Abbott and Rochelle Hudson
Kam Tong, Ricardo Cortez and Rochelle Hudson
Kam Tong, Ricardo Cortez and Rochelle Hudson
Kam Tong
Kam Tong
Milburn Stone
Milburn Stone
Pat Gleason and William Henry
Pat Gleason and William Henry
Ricardo Cortez and Dewey Robinson
Ricardo Cortez and Dewey Robinson
Ricardo Cortez and Rochelle Hudson
Ricardo Cortez and Rochelle Hudson
Ricardo Cortez
Ricardo Cortez
William Henry and Rochelle Hudson
William Henry and Rochelle Hudson
William Henry and Rochelle Hudson
William Henry and Rochelle Hudson
William Henry
William Henry