Smashing the Spy Ring

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Smashing the Spy Ring
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Directed by Christy Cabanne
Screenplay by Arthur T. Horman
Dorrell McGowan
Stuart McGowan
Story byStuart McGowan
Dorrell McGowan
Produced by Jack Fier
Starring Ralph Bellamy
Fay Wray
Regis Toomey
Cinematography Allen G. Siegler
Edited by James Sweeney
Music by M. W. Stoloff
Release date
  • December 29, 1938 (1938-12-29)(US) [1]
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

Smashing the Spy Ring is a 1938 American drama film, directed by Christy Cabanne. It stars Ralph Bellamy, Fay Wray, and Regis Toomey, and was released on December 29, 1938.



Undercover secret agents John Baxter and Ted Hall apprehend a foreign spy at a factory, but he is shot by Steve Corben. They are transferred to Washington D.C. to work with Phil Dunlap to break up a spy ring, but Phil is quickly killed. Phil's sister Eleanor agrees to help finish the work. During the testing of a new chemical weapon, Ted fakes his death while John impersonates the gas's inventor Professor Leonard and feigns a mental breakdown. John and Eleanor, who pretends to be Leonard's sisters, admit themselves into the spy ring's sanatorium to gather intelligence but are discovered and captured. They escape by throwing acid from the laboratory at their captors before the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department surrounds the building. John and Eleanor become engaged, and Ted begins writing a novel based on the adventure.


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  1. "Smashing the Spy Ring". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018.