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The Crime Patrol (1936)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 13 May 1936 (USA)
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 »

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Herbert Corthell ...
Police Commissioner
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Doctor Simmons
Wilbur Mack ...
Vic Santell
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Patrolman Davis
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Mrs. Kay Neal
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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Patrulla contra el crimen  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast; its earliest documented telecast in the New York City area occurred Wednesday 23 August 1950 on WOR-TV (Channel 9). See more »

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Average Poverty Row Crime Drama
4 January 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Ray Walker is cast in the lead as boxer Bob Neal. Neal is an amiable mug, with no direction, other than being the best boxer he can be. His pals are all bums and crooks. He likes a pretty nurse (Geneva Mitchell) but she's not interested because of his lifestyle and associates. Bob's father was a policeman who died while fighting crime. His mother hopes he will follow in his father's footsteps someday and become a policeman.

Eventually Bob joins the police force because of the expert training he'll receive. His selfish attitude begins to soften when he starts to realize his old gang are ruthless criminals. The final showdown comes after the gang steal a shipment of furs. Bob pretends to be on the take in order to save two other policemen. He double crosses the gang and wins the gratitude of the force and the affection of the nurse.

This is no lost gem. The story is rather weak, the fight scenes are not convincing. Yet it plays out fast and is never boring. The two leads, Walker and Mitchell, are particularly good. Although neither would be considered attractive both can really act, which is not always the case in poverty row.


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