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Criminals Within (1941)

 -  Crime | War  -  27 June 1941 (USA)
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A scientist is murdered by foreign agents after having developed a powerful new explosive. The scientist's brother, an army corporal, goes AWOL to discover the identities of the killers. ... See full summary »

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A scientist is murdered by foreign agents after having developed a powerful new explosive. The scientist's brother, an army corporal, goes AWOL to discover the identities of the killers. Army intelligence officers are looking for him, as they believe he has a list of scientists who helped his brother develop the new weapon, putting them in danger. The spy ring is also after him, but they want the list for a different reason. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A MYSTERY KILLER STRIKES... and a beautiful blonde pays the penalty for knowing too much... Was she a modern Mata Hari?

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27 June 1941 (USA)  »

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Army Mystery  »

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In an interview with writer Francis M. Nevins, director Joseph H. Lewis denied that he had directed this film. He had indeed directed several films for PRC Pictures, but he had no idea why they put his name on the credits. See more »

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"I Don't Repair Women's Shoes"
9 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I don't mind no frills films if they are intelligent and have an interesting story. But Criminals Within refers to criminal elements in our Army itself working with enemy agents. This one is barely worth a look.

Our protagonist is Eric Linden who is the brother of a scientist working on something or other, we never really find out exactly what, at an army base. When the brother is killed Linden goes AWQL looking for the killers. The problem is that the agents know he's looking for them because of spies on the base.

The spies work out of a cobbler shop where one of the spies on the base, a real Mata Hari played by Constance Worth sends her shoes to be repaired. He always balks saying he doesn't work on women's shoes, but with a little persuasion because secret information is hidden in them he'll work. Worth is the courier, but who's the boss?

No frills I don't mind, but a coherent story is never a frill.


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