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Special Inspector (1938)

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Filmed in Canada as part of the UK-Quota System: U. S. Customs Agent Tom Evans is given the assignment of running down a smuggling ring which hijacks Canadian fur-shipper's trucks and sells... See full summary »

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Charles Quigley ...
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Patricia Lane
George McKay ...
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Edgar Edwards ...
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John Graham Spacey ...
David Foster (as John Spacey)
Eddie Laughton ...
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Bob Rideout ...
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Grant MacDonald ...
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William Irving ...
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Virginia Coomb ...
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Fred Bass ...
Ralph Collins
Vincent McKenna ...
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Donald Douglas ...
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Filmed in Canada as part of the UK-Quota System: U. S. Customs Agent Tom Evans is given the assignment of running down a smuggling ring which hijacks Canadian fur-shipper's trucks and sells the loot in the United States. He gets a job with the trucking firm that has been hijacked the most by the gang, and is a hijack victim his first night on the road. Several clues lead him to the thieve's trail, but he overplays his cards at the head-office of the fur shippers, and is identified as a Customs Agent. Rita Hayworth would go on and make a couple of films in which she had a little bit more to do than she has in this b-feature programmer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1 November 1939 (USA)  »

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CAD 65,000 (estimated)
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Not the hidden gem I was hoping for...
12 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Charles Quigley plays Tom Evans, the Special Inspector on an assignment to capture a gang smuggling furs from Canada into the United States.

A decent enough plot with a couple of neat twists, but the film falls a bit short as it's not gritty enough to be a good crime flick, the script isn't witty enough to make for a good comedy-thriller, and the lack of chemistry between Charles Quigley & Rita Hayworth doesn't help the romantic sub-plot.

Worth viewing for film buffs interested in the UK "quota-quickie" B-movies, but in particular for fans of Rita Hayworth to see her in an early un-glamorous role (but still very easy on the eye!).

1938 was the year of Angels With Dirty Faces and The Lady Vanishes, and I'm afraid Special Inspector is not in the same league, let alone the same ball park as those movies.

A generous 7/10 for an hour's decent entertainment, but not a movie that will live long in my memory, or warrant a repeat viewing.


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