Prizefighter Bob Neal (Ray Walker) is in debt to gangster Vic Santell (Hooper Atchley) for training expenses. Santell orders Bob to take a dive in the fourth round so Santell can recoup ... See full summary »
Prizefighter Bob Neal (Ray Walker) is in debt to gangster Vic Santell (Hooper Atchley) for training expenses. Santell orders Bob to take a dive in the fourth round so Santell can recoup prior gambling losses. Taunted by his ring opponent, Bob wins the fight. Realizing that his profession and underworld characters connected to it are causing him problems, Bob decides to join the police force. After taking nurse Mary Prentiss (Geneva Mitchell) to a drive-in restaurant where the total bill is a depression-era cheap eighty-two cents, Bob and his fellow officers round-up a gang of fur thieves in a warehouse shoot-out. Written by
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This film wasn't even good enough to consider it a B-movie!
A rather dumb boxer is friendly with some local hoods. This bothers his mother, as she has visions of him becoming a policeman like his father but he's adamantly against joining the force--thinking the police were a bunch of wimps. However when a boxing cop beats him soundly in a fight, he naturally drops everything and joins the force!! Then he needs to come to terms with his friends. Should he be loyalty to these jerks or the police force to which he's taken an oath to serve?
In the 1930s and 40s, many small studios specialized in making what were termed "B-movies"--second and less expensive films from a double feature. These films were generally entertaining and not especially deep--often having shaky plots and second tier actors. However, many of them were still great films and are well worth your time. I actually prefer B-films in many cases to the A ones because they had few pretenses and were just plain fun. Unfortunately, if you didn't know that B-movies were often still good films, then if you saw CRIME PATROL you might incorrectly assume they stink. That's because while it did feature the usual staples of a B, such as "no-name" actors, a short length (59 minutes) and a breezy plot, the film was so cheap and so poorly constructed that it got to be a chore to keep watching. The biggest problem is that the plot is built around a guy who is a professional boxer, yet he fights like someone who has never learned how--wildly flailing his arms and offering no defense whatsoever. I am not a fan of boxing, but it was obvious that this guy would have a hard time beating up my mother let alone another boxer! Plus the film has a lot of silly acting and logical errors. The only positive and redeeming factor is one that most likely won't matter to you, as I was thrilled to see a great old silent comedian (Snub Pollard) playing a straight role as a hoodlum. Surprisingly, Pollard did a pretty good job in his speaking roles--hiding the fact that he was an Aussie. Still, this isn't reason enough to see the film.
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