Here is 62 minutes of glorious adventure, brought to us by Oldies in a truly magnificent DVD offering. Don't bother with the scraps that survive of "The Prince of Pep", which is on the same DVD and most prominently featured in huge print on the cover! You'll find that scenario impossible to follow in its 28-minutes cut-down version. In fact, I dare to say that even Richard Talmadge's most devoted fans will find "The Prince of Pep" a chore to sit through. In fact, it will most likely make them very, very angry. "Hidden Aces", on the other hand, is a masterpiece of fast-moving excitement. It was the last of the seven movies in which "Hutch" (his real nickname) Hutchison played Larry "Hutch" Hutchdale. I've not seen the others, but this one is a pep. The plot not only moves fast but credibly - and it's full of action! I don't think Hutch used a stuntman, but if he did, it's not apparent. The fast-moving direction is credited to "Howard Mitchell" but I'm pretty certain all the plentiful action scenes were directed by "Hutch" himself!
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