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The Fire-Trap (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 26 November 1935 (USA)
An insurance investigator tracks down an arson ring involved in insurance fraud.


(as Burt Lynwood)


(screenplay) (as Charles Francis Royal)


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Complete credited cast:
Bill Farnsworth
Betty Marshall
Cedric McIntyre
R.A. Rawson
Bob Fender
Herbert Corthell ...
Commodore Brunton
Marie Callahan ...


Bill Farnsworth, an investigator for an insurance company that writes large fire-insurance polices for factories and warehouses, has his car wrecked due to the road-hog driving of Betty. This leads to a romance which is hampered by the activities of her guardian-uncle,R.A. Rawson, who has squandered her inherited fortune, and Bill's boss, Cedric McIntyre. The latter has over-valued the inventory of Rawson's perfume factory and warehouse, and both stand to gain a lot of money when it burns down. Uncle has also promised Betty's hand-in-marriage to McIntyre. Betty is unaware of this arrangement. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama


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26 November 1935 (USA)  »

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The Firetrap  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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A decent time-passer.
17 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Aside from some bad acting from Evalyn Knapp at the beginning of the picture, "The Fire-Trap" is an otherwise decent little B-movie. Like most Bs, it does have a cast of lesser-known actors, lower production values and a running time of about an hour. It's not at all a distinguished film or one you should rush out to see but it is an amiable time-passer.

The film begins with Betty (Knapp) behaving like an obnoxious, spoiled rich girl--which is pretty much her character. However, after she falls for Bill (Norman Foster) she becomes a softer and more believable character. Bill is a fire investigator and neither he nor Betty realize that her father is planning on deliberately burning down his own business and claiming the insurance. Can this be stopped in time? Yeah,...whatever.

The best scenes are near the end with the fire--the worst, clearly, at the beginning. The bottom line is that if you do choose to see this film, it is only fair and the DVD copy from Alpha Video is awfully bad. So, overall, I really cannot see a lot of compelling reasons to see this film.

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