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Special Investigator (1936)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 May 1936 (USA)
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
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George Fenwick
Ray Mayer ...
Dutch
Harry Jans ...
Cy Adams
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Jim 'Jimmy' Plummer (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Edward J. 'Eddie' Selton
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Judy Taylor
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Judge Plumgate
Jed Prouty ...
Dr. Vic Reynolds
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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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As Virginia and Mr. Reynolds are driving toward the ranch, right before they run out of gas, Mr. Reynolds comments how pretty the stars are in the sky. Behind them, you can see the daylight sky. After they run out of gas, it is dark, and then when they are rescued by Mr. Galt, the sky is light again. See more »

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I always knew that guy wasn't right!
24 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** The square jawed Dick Tracy look alike Richard Dix is mob mouthpiece, shyster lawyer, Bill Fenwick who after his kid brother George, Owen Davis Jr, was gunned down in a shootout with the Selton Gange decided to go straight. That's in dropping his mob connections and clients and get the mobster who murdered his brother mob boss Eddie Selton, J. Carrol Naish. Getting a tip that the Selton Gang is hiding out in and around the Quartzburg mining town in Navada Fenwick using the allies of Dick Galt a real-estate lawyer and examiner shoots down there to get the goods on Sealton and bring him and his gang to justice.

As things turn out Fenwick unknowingly gets involved with Selton's sister Virginia, Margaret Callahan, whom he met driving through town while he was moonlighting, to make ends meet, as a gas station attendant. What the love sick Fenwick, who fell for Virginia like a ton of bricks, didn't know was that she was on her way to see her on the run from the police brother Eddie Sealton who was recovering from gunshot wounds in the shoot-out where his brother George was killed.

It's Selton's second in command Jimmy Plummer, Joe Sawyer, who smells a rat in all this "lovey dovey" relationship between Virginia and Fenwick, who's using the name Bick Galt, that soon proves him right. But by then the lid is off and the local police and federal agents are on to him who've been alerted by Fenwick of his and his gang's whereabouts. With the law bearing down on him Plummer decides to take over the Selton Gang and ice it's boss Eddie Sealton only to end up in a nut cracker like squeeze play from not only the law and Fenwick but Eddie Selton himself.

Richard Dix was very impressive as lawyer and later undercover investigator Bill Fernwick that it made you wonder why his career as a lawman and private investigator in films wasn't as successful as the many other actors who played the same parts and were far more successful, career wise, in them.


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