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Phantom Raiders (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 June 1940 (USA)
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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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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Nick Carter in Panama  »

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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

Nick Carter: Nice work, Beeswax. How does it feel to be crazy?
Bartholomew: I didn't notice any difference.
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Follows Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) See more »

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A Chilling Concept
25 March 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Though he's the title character, Welter Pigeon plays a back seat to the villain. The villain is played smoothly by the superb Joseph Schildkraut. The rest of the cast is fun. Nat Pendleton is Schildkraut's bodyguard. Donald Meek is Pigeon's sidekick -- and a beekeeper, to boot. Florence Rice is very good in what looks like a sympathetic role, and is, though she's initially on the wrong side of the law.

What makes this stand out is its plot. We see this at the very start; so I'm giving nothing away: Schildkraut is blowing up ships at sea to collect on their insurance. It's shocking to think of such cold-blooded behavior. But to underline the heinous nature of his crime, we see the captain and some crew members chatting just before theirs is blown to bits.

This isn't the greatest of Jacques Tourneur movies. But his masterly touch is evident. Schildkraut is often photographed in profile and generally partially in shadow. He reminds one of a streamlined, custom-made sports car of the time. He is stylish -- and almost impossibly cruel.


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