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Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)

Detective Nick Carter is brought in to foil spies at the Radex Airplane Factory, where a new fighter plane is under manufacture.

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Nick Carter / Robert Chalmers
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Lou Farnsby
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John A. Keller
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Doctor Frankton (as Stanley C. Ridges)
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Hiram Streeter
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J. Lester Hammil
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Dave Krebs
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Otto King
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Pete
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Bee-Catcher
Wally Maher ...
Cliff Parsons
Edgar Dearing ...
Denny
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Famed New York detective Nick Carter arrives incognito at a California airplane factory at the behest of owner Hiram Streeter. Despite seemingly thorough precautions, a gang of saboteurs and shadowy foreign agents are able to smuggle out the secret blueprints for innovative new planes and sabotage prototypes during testing. With the aid of eccentric detective Bartholomew and spunky nurse and female pilot Lou Farnsby, Carter is able to expose the fifth columnists as well as the traitors that are helping them. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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THE WIZARD OF CLUES!!! Nick Carter lives again in the fierce brutal...dangerous era of TODAY!

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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15 December 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer bought the screen rights to all the 1,100 Nick Carter stories published from the 19th Century through the 1930s. However, all 3 of the films made in the Nick Carter series were based on original stories. See more »

Quotes

Nick Carter: What made you say murder?
Bartholomew: Because it looks like suicide, and if it looks like suicide, it can't be, right?
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Followed by Sky Murder (1940) See more »

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Good thing Walter Pidgeon escaped when he did
3 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

MGM in buying the rights to the Nick Carter stories and then making three films with the character just shows the twist of fate in some people's careers.

Walter Pidgeon was one of their second magnitude stars at that time. B picture leads and occasionally in an A film where he always lost the girl.

Louis B. Mayer must have thought a whole slew of these would have been made for Pidgeon and he would have become identified as Nick Carter on screen. But he managed to get some decent films, two back to back Best Pictures, How Green Was My Valley and Mrs. Miniver and a lifetime partnership with Greer Garson. He escaped movie oblivion then.

It's a competently executed film, but I have to agree with previous reviewers. Donald Meek as the bee man looked like he just took his zany character from You Can't Take It With You and it just didn't fit in this fast paced detective story. The film itself is barely an hour. Meek distracts from the plot. Too bad because Donald Meek is usually a fine performer.

I much prefer Walter Pidgeon as the Reverend Mr. Gruffydd or Clem Miniver or even Dr. Morbius. Good thing he escaped Nick Carter.


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