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Here's Flash Casey (1938)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  7 January 1938 (USA)
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Flash Casey, after working his way through college by taking pictures, finds the newspaper world harder to break into than he had expected. Free-lancing, he snaps a picture of Rodney ... See full summary »

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Eric Linden ...
Boots Mallory ...
Kay Lanning
Cully Richards ...
Wade
Holmes Herbert ...
Major Addison
Joseph Crehan ...
Blaine (as John Crehan)
Howard Lang ...
Pop Lawrence
Victor Adams ...
Ricker
Harry Harvey ...
Gus Payton
Suzanne Kaaren ...
Mitzi LaRue
Matty Kemp ...
Rodney Addison
Dorothy Vaughan ...
Mrs. O'Hara (as Dorothy Vaughn)
Maynard Holmes ...
Joe Gordon
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Flash Casey, after working his way through college by taking pictures, finds the newspaper world harder to break into than he had expected. Free-lancing, he snaps a picture of Rodney Addison, son of the Globe-Press owner Major Addison, kissing French dancer Mitzi LaRue and submits it to Globe-Press city editor Blaine. He gets a job on the paper because Blaine wants to suppress the picture. He is confined to assisting regular staff photographer Wade who gets all the credit for the pictures Flash takes. His only bright spot is a romance with Kay Lanning, the paper's society editor and sob-sister columnist. Through her he meets Lawrence, editor of the weekly pictorial magazine called Snap News that the Globe-Press publishes. Gus Payton, the photographer assigned to Lawrence but who has been bribed by Bliane to turn over his best pictures to the city desk, quits when Lawrence accuses him of double-dealing. Payton opens a camera shop that is secretly financed by gangland chief Ricker. ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The greatest of all news photographers captures a gang of desperate criminals! See more »

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About what you'd expect from Grand National.
23 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Grand National was a so-called 'Poverty Row Studio'. In other words, unlike the major studios, a Poverty Row outfit had minuscule payrolls and budgets and barely scraped by in many cases by making very cheap and quickly made films. Some of these studios were pretty successful, such as Monogram, but others, like Grand National, came and went rather quickly. I've seen dozens and dozens of Grand National films and would say that their output looked pretty good but was even sub-par for one of these tiny studios. So, when I was far less than impressed by "Here's Flash Casey", it was hardly much of a surprise!

The film begins with Flash in college working hard to make it through the school and get his degree--all by pluck and determination. However, when he graduates, he has a hard time getting work and has to content himself with a skinflint boss. What he didn't realize is that additionally many of his pictures ended up getting stolen by some unscrupulous jerks who developed his film-- folks who also were operating a blackmail racket! Can Flash sort all this out and save the day? What do you think?!

The film is not terrible. It's cheap, fast-paced and mildly interesting but nothing more.


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