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Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Drama  |  15 December 1939 (USA)
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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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Rita Johnson ...
Lou Farnsby
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John A. Keller
Stanley Ridges ...
Doctor Frankton (as Stanley C. Ridges)
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Hiram Streeter
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J. Lester Hammil
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Otto King
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Pete
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Bee-Catcher
Wally Maher ...
Cliff Parsons
Edgar Dearing ...
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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

Hiram Streeter: Sounds like a wild theory to me.
Nick Carter: Well, it isn't a theory because I don't deal in theories. Look, I'm not a storybook detective with, uh, a highball glass in one hand and, uh, a Chinese proverb in another, nor can I tell you from the ashes of a man's cigar that he, uh, had kippered herring for breakfast and hit his grandmother over the head with an axe. I'm just a New York flatfoot, the product of the McGonigle School.
Hiram Streeter: What's that?
Nick Carter: Oh, old Patrick McGonigle, he was an Irish cop when I broke into...
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Referenced in The Fallen Idol (1948) See more »

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Good movie, with the leads trying their best to be the Nick/Nora of spy capers
21 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very Entertaining-----Walter Pigeon was charming as the lead and Rita Johnson was excellent as his leading lady. The plot is a bit sophomoric, but the leads make this an A film. Although some of the humor is lost with the beeman, the movie is rather fast paced, albeit short-length with a rather abrupt ending. The special effects are rather good for that time, and the line, " If I am wrong, I will apologize" serves as a great tagline for Pigeon's Carter. Ultimately you watch a film like this for the chemistry of its two main stars, and this film delivers. Walter Pigeon and Rita Johnson are no William Powell and Myrna Loy, but they are perfectly matched for each other and cover some of the plot holes amicably. This is a great movie to see on AMC or TNT one late night.


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