A dashing insurance company investigator tries to catch an arsonist before he...or she...can strike again.

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John Grayson
Robert Middlemass ...
Fire Chief Mulligan
Wyrley Birch ...
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District Attorney Cope
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Police Chief Roberts
Miki Morita ...
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Janitor's Wife (scenes deleted)
Stuart Holmes ...
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Mike Lally ...
Taxi Driver (scenes deleted)
George Lloyd ...
Mugg (scenes deleted)
Louis Natheaux ...
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A dashing insurance company investigator tries to catch an arsonist before he...or she...can strike again.

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25 October 1935 (USA)  »

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According to Robert Osborne, the script was submitted to the Production Code office for review in 1934 and it was rejected on the grounds that the film could teach people how to commit arson. The studio turned for help to an insurance company and the Los Angeles fire department. Both wrote letters to the Code office challenging the ruling. In a rare instance for the day, their decision was reversed. See more »

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Lowe and Sothern team again for a mystery/suspense film about an arsonist...
30 May 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

ANN SOTHERN and EDMUND LOWE were teamed earlier in a romantic comedy, but this time it's a suspenseful little programmer about tracking down an arsonist. It's a clever story with some brisk dialog that keeps things going merrily along while the chase for the arsonist consumes most of the plot.

Lowe is a former tracker of arson fires who is re-hired when a series of fires puts the city out of control in trying to curb the serial man determined to burn down various factories. Lowe suspects it might be ONSLOW STEVENS, while Stevens in turn suspects Lowe of setting the fires in order to get his old job back. Then too, suspicion is firmly planted on ANN SOTHERN when she turns up at every fire and turns out to have an assumed name in order to cover a very valuable clue.

It's dated, of course, but fun to watch with a puzzling mystery at the center of things. Lowe and Sothern work well together and Stevens does well in an interesting supporting role.


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