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What Price Crime (1935)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 28 May 1935 (USA)
Thieves break into a warehouse that stores guns, steal them and kill the night watchman. An undercover agent assigned to the case happens to get into a traffic accident with the sister of ... See full summary »

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Allen Grey
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Douglas Worthington
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Sandra Worthington (as Virginia Cherril)
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Armstrong
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Hopkins
Nina Guilbert ...
Mrs. Worthington
Henry Roquemore ...
Peter Crenshaw
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Red - a Gangster
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Chief Radcliff
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Donahue
Earl Tree ...
Graham
John Cowell ...
Davis (as Jack Cowell)
Edwin Argus ...
Lefty
Al Baffert ...
Battling Brennan
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Thieves break into a warehouse that stores guns, steal them and kill the night watchman. An undercover agent assigned to the case happens to get into a traffic accident with the sister of the man the police suspect is head of the burglary ring, and in order to work his way into the gang, he romances the boss' sister. Complications ensue when the two fall in love. Written by frankfob2@myway.com

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FEDERAL AGENTS WAGE WAR ON CRIME! (original poster - all caps)


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28 May 1935 (USA)  »

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Anything for a Thrill  »

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Douglas Worthington: Before three rounds are over, Grey will kiss the canvas.
Sandra Worthington: Lucky canvas.
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Familiar but still quite well done.
26 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Charles Starrett stars in this film as an undercover agent. After a warehouse is robbed and a night watchman killed, there is some evidence that a local businessman MIGHT actually be a mobster who's behind this. Starrett was chosen because he is an excellent boxer—and the man who might be the mobster has a very strong interest in the fight business. When Alan 'Knockout' Gray (Starrett) starts winning fight after fight, he is noticed and soon his contract is bought by the suspected mob boss. But there are some problems—the boss' sister is a pretty lady who Gray is interested in knowing better and soon his cover is blown and Gray has to think fast to get himself out of that mess.

While I found this film a bit predictable and formulaic, I liked it. Starrett, while NOT a famous actor today, was excellent. The only negative were the boxing scenes—where the guys punched each other like rabbits on crack!! No one boxes that intensely in real life—they'd never make it past the first round! Still, the film was exciting and well done—making it a better than average and exciting little B-movie.

UPDATE: Just a week or so after seeing this film, I watched a 1959 film "T-Bird Gang" and was surprised to see that it was a remake of "What Price Crime?"! IMDb doesn't indicate this but the later film clearly is the same story idea with only a few minor changes.


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