A body is found in a locked airplane compartment and a German female refugee is a suspect. Passenger detective Nick Carter is convinced she didn't do it and works to solve the mysterious murder.

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Pat Evans (as Karen Verne)
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Cortland Grand
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Christine Cross / Her Twin Sister
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Andrew Hendon
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Senator Monrose
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Kathe
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Kuse
William Tannen ...
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Brock
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Pat Evans is a German expatriate who is loyal to her new adopted home, the United States. A shadowy German bund operating in the Long Island area tries to recruit as the sophisticated but lecherous Andrew Hendon tries to physically coerce her into joining. While she is flying in the private plane of Cortland Grand, a rich friend of Nick Carter's, she knocks Hendon unconscious in self defense, but leaves him alive in a rear compartment of the plane. When the steward discovers the body, he finds Herndon stabbed in the throat by a nail file. Before the trip is over, the co-pilot is also stabbed to death. Luckily for Pat, one of the passengers on Grand's plane is famed New York detective Nick Carter. Although he is off-duty, the resourceful sleuth along with Beeswax, his bizarre sidekick, and beautiful Southern Chris Cross, a female gumshoe, breaks up a secret cell of Nazi saboteurs and FIfth Columnists. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 21 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed in Philadelphia Monday 2 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its San Francisco television premiere took place 19 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 14 August 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Nick Carter carries the unconscious Karen Verne upstairs to the bedroom but she lifts her arm to clear the bed as he lays her down. See more »

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Christine Cross: I got a clue for you. It has something to do with cake.
Nick Carter: Cut me a slice, honey.
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Follows Phantom Raiders (1940) See more »

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Nick without Nora!
12 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a real treat! People expect a major "film noir" edge and that was not the intent here! Whine all you want but this is for fun! One "critic" said it was fit for "eight year old boys". I disagree. It's witty, fast paced, well acted and directed! Perhaps some of these armchair Siskel and Eiberts should watch a similar film made a year later at Warner's, called "All Through the Night" with Bogie! A humorous spin on fifth columnists at work in the US. I find Donald Meek to be a real riot here. A goof who was remarkably resourceful. 1940 was a tumultuous time in the US, what with the war raging for a year in Europe. A film like this, while avoiding the usual flag waving makes it's point in a humorous light! Pidgeon has Bill Powell's easy going nature as he slowly gets to the bottom of the plot. A pity there weren't more in the series with Pidgeon at the forefront. A great cast of character actors makes this a stand out! Don't miss it!


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