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Missing Witnesses (1937)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 11 December 1937 (USA)
The daring of the racketeers, all working for one organization, in an east coast city leads the Governor to create a new undercover law agency formed to combat the gangsters, and to find ... See full summary »

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The daring of the racketeers, all working for one organization, in an east coast city leads the Governor to create a new undercover law agency formed to combat the gangsters, and to find witnesses against them. Heading the agency is the Special Prosecutor's aide, Inspector Lane, and his assistants, Emmet White and Bull Regan. Mary Norton, who Bull has fallen in love with, is the secretary for one of the legitimate enterprises ran by Ward Sturgis, the head of the crime ring. Mary had accidentally learned of this, and had just managed to escape with her life from his yacht. Sturgis is found dead floating in the bay with several bullet holes in his body. Mary is the lead suspect and Bull is assigned the job of finding and arresting her, but she gives him the slip. When he does catch up with her again, it is to rescue her from the very-much alive Ward Sturgis, who had faked his death by having a look-alike killed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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'Bull' Regan: Well, there's no harm in trying.
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One Hour to Break the Mob
22 October 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This "Ripped from the headlines" Warner Brother B movie is written and directed telegraphically and seems to be as much a tract on police procedures as a story. John Litel is the crusading attorney, appointed by the governor to take on the big racketeers; Dick Purcell is the police detective who's more brawn than brains.

The actual course of the story advances more by means of newspaper headlines flashed on the screen. Yet, given the constraints of telling the story in an hour, director William Clemens does a very competent job with the talented cast he's been handed. The reality of the rackets at the time lends an immediacy to the proceedings that lifts this one out of the ordinary.


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