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

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Thomas Ignatius 'Tom' Fletcher
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Adrienne Martin / Adeline Maxwell
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John Grayson
Robert Middlemass ...
Fire Chief Mulligan
Wyrley Birch ...
Warden
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District Attorney Cope
Guy Usher ...
Police Chief Roberts
Miki Morita ...
Noah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alma Chester ...
Janitor's Wife (scenes deleted)
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Baldheaded Doorman (scenes deleted)
Mike Lally ...
Taxi Driver (scenes deleted)
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Mugg (scenes deleted)
Louis Natheaux ...
Headwaiter (scenes deleted)
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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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Mystery

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25 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El gran final  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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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A low budget THIN MAN knock-off style mystery, romantic comedy with plenty of snappy comebacks and hilarious repartee!
25 February 2003 | by (Culpeper, VA) – See all my reviews

Dashing Edmund Lowe plays insurance investigator Tom Fletcher who is hot on the trail of an arsonist. He is helped by his dedicated assistant John Grayson (Onslow Stevens) even though they both suspect each other eventually. Of course they are harassed by authority figures played by great character actors including Edward Van Sloan as the curmudgeonly board of directors and Robert Middlemass as Fire Chief Mulligan. Because Fletcher always demands a huge fee for his services, he finds himself one of the suspects in this latest rash of deliberate fires. A surprise plot-twist puts Fletcher and heroine/suspect Adrienne Martin (Ann Sothern) on the scent of the real firebug. This modest Columbia production was distinguished by several spectacular and real fire scenes that probably came from newsreel footage, all of which quickly found their way into the studio's stock-footage files. Good, tough dialogue and nice pacing by director Kenton.


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