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Phantom Raiders (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  7 June 1940 (USA)
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An insurance company tasks Carter and Beeswax to Panama as cargo ships are mysteriously exploding and sending their valuable cargoes to the bottom with all hands.

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Al Taurez
Florence Rice ...
Cora Barnes
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'Gunboat' Jacklin
John Carroll ...
John Ramsell, Jr
Steffi Duna ...
Dolores
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Franklin Morris
Matthew Boulton ...
John Ramsell, Sr (as Mathew Boulton)
Alec Craig ...
Andy MacMillan
Thomas W. Ross ...
Dr. Grisson (as Thomas Ross)
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Eddie Anders
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William Lally ...
Port Inspector (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A mysterious rash of cargo ship sinkings in Panama leads insurers Llewellyns of London to hire vacationer Nick Carter and his eccentric associate Bartholomew to investigate. Nick recognizes influential nightclub owner Al Taurez as a shady operator, but getting the goods on him depends on slick diversions involving the heavyweight champ of the Pacific Tuna Fleet, a Panamanian bombshell armed with American slang, a young couple in love and a whole raft of crooks and cutthroats. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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7 June 1940 (USA)  »

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Nick Carter in Panama  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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At the beginning of the film a bet is made in pesos. The monetary unit in Panama is the Balboa, not the peso. See more »

Quotes

Bartholomew: [as Nick comes out the door] This note was waiting for you at the hotel.
Nick Carter: [Reading the note] 'Please meet me in my office at seven o'clock... Franklin Morris.' Wonder what Morris could want with me?
Bartholomew: Mysterious... it's several hours to seven o'clock.
Nick Carter: Oh, but so much to be done.
Bartholomew: Yes... yes.
Nick Carter: Let's see...
Bartholomew: Let's see.
Nick Carter: Where do we begin?
Bartholomew: Ah... where?
Nick Carter: I've got it!
[...]
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Nick Carter in the zone
12 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Walter Pidgeon is back in the second of three Nick Carter films he made for MGM's B picture unit until he started getting leads in A films, a lot of them with Greer Garson. He's called in as a consultant by none less than Scotland Yard after one of their operatives is murdered and on US territory.

Said territory being the Panama Canal Zone where several British ships have gone down without warning. Being wartime a U-Boat is suspected, but they can't find hint of one operating in the area.

Not much suspense in this film since we know right away it's Joseph Schildkraut who is playing one of his best and most epicene villains, something Schildkraut did with aplomb. He's a former union organizer in America and he and Pidgeon have history. Of course he doesn't believe that Nick Carter is just in the Panama Canal Zone for a vacation. I never heard of it being a vacation place when we did lease it from Panama.

As usual Donald Meek is more annoying than entertaining as the 'bee man' who inflicted himself on Pidgeon in the first Carter film. But Schildkraut lifts this one a notch with his performance.


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