The third in a series of four "G-Man" films produced by George A. Hirliman's Concord Productions for Grand National release finds smugglers have found that smuggling gold from Mexico has become a lucrative racket since the United States went off of the gold standard. McKenzie (William L. Thorne) and his gang operating from the Los Morados mine are sailing high until they happen to kill two federal agents and the Department of Justice sends in ace operative Alan O'Connor (Conrad Nagel) to find the killers and break up the gold traffic. He traces specimens of the precious metal to have come from the Los Morados mine, and sets off for Mexico. There he meets aviator Steve Williams (Frank Milan), who pays his saloon bills with gold nuggets. Alan persuades the proprietor of the Tarentella Cafe to add another entertainer to his staff, and then wires Washington to send Operative No. 37, Bobbie Reynolds (Eleanor Hunt), his sweetheart. (Nice work if you can get it.) O'Connor finds a map in ... Written by
Les Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dull....just like the other O'Connor and Reynolds films I have seen.
Grand National made four films starring Conrad Nagel and Eleanor Hunt as Agent O'Connor and his girlfriend, Bobbie Reynolds. I've seen three and the best of them is below average! So, it's not particularly surprising that I found little to appeal to me in "The Gold Racket".
When the film begins, you learn that there have been some smuggled gold shipments brought into the US from Mexico. American and Mexican agents are working on the case and Agent O'Connor is brought in to investigate. However, like in the other films, Bobbie tags along--even though he tells her repeatedly to get lost. Eventually, the pair are able to locate the mine where the gold is being dug--all they need to do now is capture the criminals.
While all this SOUNDS like it's going to be exciting, it isn't. Rarely is it exciting or even interesting. Bland is the best descriptor I can think of for the picture. This, along with a badly faded print with poor sound, make you wonder why anyone would watch it. Why did I?! I wish I knew!
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