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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Complete credited cast:
Florence Rice ...
Cora Barnes
'Gunboat' Jacklin
John Ramsell, Jr
Steffi Duna ...
Franklin Morris
Matthew Boulton ...
John Ramsell, Sr (as Mathew Boulton)
Alec Craig ...
Andy MacMillan
Thomas W. Ross ...
Dr. Grisson (as Thomas Ross)
Eddie Anders
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Lally ...
Port Inspector (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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Release Date:

7 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nick Carter in Panama  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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There is a quick shot of a ship's engine order telegraph, but the words are all printed backward. See more »


Nick Carter: [Repeated often with variations] I am, but if I'm wrong, I'll apologize.
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Follows Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) See more »

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A lot of fun for fans of detective films
16 February 2001 | by (North Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

If you're a fan of the old private dick movies from the 30s & 40s then I'll bet you a wooden nickel that you're gonna like this one. It has plenty of cliche's, but remember, when this film was new a lot of the plot devices were not quite so hackneyed. The use of lighting and shadow is nicely done noir, all in glorious black & white of course. Walter Pidgeon is fine as Nick Carter. This is apparently his second time playing the streetsmart, wry humored, skirt chasing gumshoe. The rest of the cast is just fine too. It's not Bogart, Astor, Greenstreet, & Lorre; but it was released a year before that film, against which all in this genre are inevitably compared to. I really liked Nat Pendleton as tough guy "Gunboat". To sum it up, I love the corny humor and tidy endings of the films from this era. That old timey slang really cracks me up too. Say you birds, give dis picture show an even break and don't take it too seriously... I wouldn't kid ya, I'm on da level here.

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