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Special Investigator (1936)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  8 May 1936 (USA)
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Criminal lawyer Bill Fenwick goes undercover in Nevada to catch gold thieves when the gang kills his brother.

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William 'Bill' Fenwick, aka Richard 'Dick' Galt
Margaret Callahan ...
Virginia Selton
Erik Rhodes ...
Benny Gray
Owen Davis Jr. ...
George Fenwick
Ray Mayer ...
Dutch
Harry Jans ...
Cy Adams
Joe Sawyer ...
Jim 'Jimmy' Plummer (as Joseph Sawyer)
J. Carrol Naish ...
Edward J. 'Eddie' Selton
Sheila Terry ...
Judy Taylor
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Judge Plumgate
Jed Prouty ...
Dr. Vic Reynolds
Russell Hicks ...
Insp. Perkett
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Bill Fenwick, criminal lawyer, is becoming a mouthpiece for mobsters, when his brother George, a Justice Department investigator, is killed by mob chief Edward Selton. In atonement, Bill leaves his practice and his venal girlfriend and goes undercover in Nevada to investigate a scheme for "laundering" stolen gold bullion. He starts making progress when he pursues attractive Virginia, who's somehow involved with the gang; in fact, unknown to Bill, she's Selton's sister. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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RICHARD DIX in the story of a crime "mouth-piece" who turned on the killers he had defended. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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8 May 1936 (USA)  »

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Fugitive Gold  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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Thar's gold in that mine...
23 January 2014 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

Back in the days of that mixed metaphor, Radio Pictures, you needn't need much of a premise to make a B movie. In this case, for example, the crooks solve the difficulty of selling stolen gold bullion by palming it off as gold ore. Nobody bothers to ask how that trick is pulled off. Or why no one is suspicious of a gang of out-of-town hoods holed up in an old Nevada mine. But after his kid brother is gunned down by the gang, ex-underworld lawyer Richard Dix turns special investigator and sets out to catch the bad guys. Stolid as ever, Dix manages two expressions -- his mouth creases up slightly when he's happy and down when he's gloomy. Margaret Callahan (who quit acting not long after this movie was made) wanders in as the comely sister of the gunman he's after. Fortunately, the gangsters are played by people with some acting chops -- like J. Carroll Naish as the snarling mob boss and Joseph Sawyer as his most pugnacious thug. And even Jed Prouty is on hand as a doctor-for-hire.


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