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Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Nick Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters Carston's ... See full summary »

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Julie
George Brent ...
Bill
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Carston
Jack La Rue ...
Andrews (as Jack LaRue)
Henry O'Neill ...
District Attorney
Robert Strange ...
Waxey Armitage
Joseph Crehan ...
Commissioner of Police
J. Carrol Naish ...
Joe Durell (as J. Carroll Naish)
Joe Sawyer ...
Rich - Chief Henchman (as Joseph Sauers)
William B. Davidson ...
Charlie Young - Carston's Lawyer (as William Davidson)
Robert Barrat ...
Chief of Internal Revenue Service
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Williams - Quinn's Secretary
Joe King ...
Agent Wilson (as Joseph King)
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U.S. District Attorney
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Storyline

Newspaperman Bill Bradford becomes a special agent for the tax service trying to end the career of racketeer Nick Carston. Julie Gardner is Carston's bookkeeper. Bradford enters Carston's organization and Julie cooperates with him to land Carston in jail. An informer squeals on them. Julie is kidnapped by Carston's henchmen as she is about to testify. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Trivia

The Hays office objected to a bit of dialogue by character Nick Carston so rather than reshoot the scene, the sound was eliminated. See more »

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When Richie takes Bill away to the castle, the feet of crew members and camera equipment are clearly reflected on the car. See more »

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Referenced in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

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Lullaby of Broadway
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Pretty typical 30s Warner Brothers crime drama
28 May 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1930s, Warner Brothers was the place for gangster films, as they churned out a huge number of high-quality films in this genre. While this one did NOT star the usual gangster stars of the day (Cagney or Edward G. Robinson), it star the ever-capable George Brent as a federal agent and Ricardo Cortez as an Al Capone-like thug. I particularly liked Cortez's little speech to Brent that men like him are above the law and can never be convicted--it was a very exciting scene. In addition to these two, the film also stars Bette Davis in a pretty decent role as Cortez's bookkeeper. The film features good writing, dialog and acting and while not the greatest gangster film, it is very good and watchable. Oh, and by the way, the ending is pretty exciting (and violent), so it won't disappoint.

By the way, if you see the film and it seems familiar, this appears to be a reworking of the plot from the MGM film THE SECRET SIX. There are just too many similarities to be coincidental, as both heroes are government agents whose cover is newspaper reporter.


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