Double Cross (1941)

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     On June 27, 1941, Producer’s Releasing Corporation (PRC) released Double Cross (1941).  The film is a starring vehicle for Kane Richmond, who displays his usual rugged toughness backed up by intelligence.  In this film, Richmond plays Police Officer Jim Murray, the son of a Police Captain.      At the beginning of the film, Jim Murray’s friend Steve

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Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941)

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     On December 27, 1941, Republic Pictures released the first chapter of the fourth Dick Tracy serial, Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (1941).  Once again, Ralph Byrd played Detective Dick Tracy.  In this series, Dick Tracy works with “The Commission” to attack crime but suspects one of the members of the commission is the mysterious Ghost.      The

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Danger on the Air (1938)

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      On July 1, 1938, Crime Club Productions, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures, released the last of the Crime Club films, Danger on the Air (1938).  The film tells the story of an unscrupulous radio sponsor, Caesar Kluck, who is murdered under mysterious circumstances at the radio station during a broadcast of one of his shows.    

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Wayne Murder Case (1932)

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     On November 20, 1932, Monogram Pictures released A Strange Adventure (1932), better known today as the Wayne Murder Case.  Wayne Murder Case is a much better name for the film.  A wealthy businessman Silas Wayne has gathered his family for a preliminary reading of his will.  Before the night is over, someone in the house kills Silas Wayne

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Pride of the Bowery (1940)

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     On December 15, 1940, Monogram Pictures released Pride of the Bowery (1940), one of  the films in the popular East Side Kids series.  East Side Kids leader Muggs Malloy, played by Leo Gorcey needs a new training camp for his upcoming boxing bouts.    Manager Danny, played by long time series regular Bobby Jordan, decides the best place

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Crime Doctor (1943)

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     On June 22, 1943, Columbia Pictures released the first of the Crime Doctor films, Crime Doctor (1934).  Aging former leading man Warner Baxter plays Dr. Robert Ordway, a renowned criminal psychologist.      The film begins with several men dumping Ordway from a vehicle.  A blow to his head causes an extreme case of amnesia.  As he regains his strength,

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Dick Tracy’s G-Men (1939)

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     On September 2, 1939, Republic Pictures released the first chapter of their third Dick Tracy serial, Dick Tracy’s G-Men (1939).  Ralph Byrd returns as Dick Tracy, who is working with the federal authorities.  Tracy and his men captured Nicolas Zarnhoff, who has been sentenced to death for his crimes.      On the day of his execution, Zarnhoff

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Spooks Run Wild (1941)

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    On October 24, 1941, Monogram Pictures released Spooks Run Wild starring the East Side Kids and Bela Lugosi.  At this point in his career, Bela Lugosi was relegated to “B” movies.  He played in several films with the East Side Kids, which were all enjoyable if not exactly classic cinema.      Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall and Bobby

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The Good Humor Man (1950)

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     I recently watched The Good Humor Man (1950) starring character actor Jack Carson on getTV.  I originally saw the film on VHS about fifteen years ago.  It is a surprisingly entertaining film, which gets no love from critics today or in the past.      Studios primarily employed Carson to play simple or gullible characters like the young

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Shadows on the Stairs (1941)

     On March 1, 1941, First National Pictures, the “B” movie division of Warner Brothers Film Company, released a mystery-thriller starring many “B” film actors and actresses.  Shadows on the Stairs (1941) starred “B” film regulars Paul Cavanagh, Miles Mander and Turhan Bey.      The film is set in a London boarding house, where several mysterious residents seem

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