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Isabel Dawn (screenplay)
Jack Moffitt (original story)
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Release Date:
7 March 1941 (USA) See more »
Fearless! Stalking his prey in a stronghold of corruption...Daring death for the woman he loves! (original poster)
A small-town attorney comes to the city to investigate the murder of a friend and falls in love with the daughter of the crime ring he hopes to expose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sort of like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" done on a microscopic budget and starring a caveman. See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Lynn Hollister

Frances Dee ... Sabra Cameron

Edward Ellis ... Tom Cameron

Wallace Ford ... Casey

Ward Bond ... Floyd

Harold Huber ... Morris Slade

Alexander Granach ... T. Amato

Barnett Parker ... George
Edwin Stanley ... Prosecutor (as Ed Stanley)
Tim Ryan ... Mr. Wilson
Harry Hayden ... Langworthy

Russell Hicks ... Pringle

Pierre Watkin ... Governor

Ferris Taylor ... Mayor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ... Beggar Outside Club Inferno (uncredited)

Raymond Bailey ... Amato Henchman (uncredited)
Mary Bovard ... Brunette at Train Station (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... 5th Precinct Worker (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Skimpy, a Henchman (uncredited)

Tristram Coffin ... Night Club Patron with Blonde (uncredited)

Maurice Costello ... Club Inferno Patron (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan ... Bob, Globe Newspaper Editor (uncredited)

Eddie Dean ... Elmer, the Ice Man (uncredited)

Joe Devlin ... Tramp at Soup Kitchen (uncredited)

James Dime ... Waiter at Club Inferno (uncredited)

Dick Elliott ... Ward Heeler (uncredited)

Greta Granstedt ... Information Booth Clerk (uncredited)

Kit Guard ... Voter Henry Jones (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... Traffic Policeman (uncredited)

Patricia Knox ... Blonde from Kokomo (uncredited)

Walter Long ... Henchman Asking About Pete and Louie (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Pringle's Secretary (uncredited)
Wendell Niles ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

George Ovey ... Soup Kitchen Server (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Voter Gilbert Monroe (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Montgomery, Club Inferno Employee (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Al aka Scarface, Cameron's Henchman (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Butch, Club Inferno Waiter (uncredited)

Minerva Urecal ... Librarian (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Voter James Brown (uncredited)
Duke York ... Doorman at Club Inferno (uncredited)

Directed by
John H. Auer 
Writing credits
Isabel Dawn (screenplay)

Jack Moffitt (original story)

Tom Kilpatrick (adaptation)

Produced by
Armand Schaefer .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mort Glickman (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (photography) (as Jack Marta)
Film Editing by
Charles Craft 
Art Direction by
John Victor Mackay 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (gowns)
Production Management
Al Wilson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Webster .... assistant director (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor
Music Department
Cy Feuer .... musical director
Cy Feuer .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wheel of Fortune" - USA (reissue title)
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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #7055)

Did You Know?

According to a member of Ms. Dee's family, the scene in which Wayne wraps Dee up in a tablecloth and carries her out to the car was scripted to use a double for Dee. Wayne spontaneously carried off Dee instead, shocking her. The director left it in.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Johnny Smith stumbles out of the Club Inferno, he's shown with a letter 'S' on his sweater denoting his team from Spring Valley. As he continues into the street and stops short of getting hit by a car, the letter 'S' is reversed, and then when he collapses under the lamp post as lightning strikes it, the letter 'S' is normal again.See more »
Lynn Hollister:That election was about as honest as a $3 bill.See more »
Movie Connections:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Sort of like "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" done on a microscopic budget and starring a caveman., 27 November 2015
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This John Wayne film is rarely seen and I was surprised to see it being aired on a local TV channel. Since I've seen just above all of Wayne's AVAILABLE films, I was excited to see this film. While it wasn't bad, it also was underwhelming since, at heart, it was just a cheap B- movie made just before John Wayne became a super-star.

When the film begins, a man is murdered. However, it's all quickly chalked up to suicide and it's all swept under the rug. What they didn't anticipate was that the dead guy had a bull-headed friend, Lynn (John Wayne) and he was intent on getting to the bottom of things. At first, the local political boss is able to make Wayne believe that there was no conspiracy and the man died of natural causes. Besides, the man's daughter, Sabra (Frances Dee) was cute and Lynn was obviously very taken with her. But, over time, Lynn starts to realize that there is more than meets the eye to all this...the local 'Progressive Party' is anything but! What's next? See the film.

This film is pretty much like most Bs--hastily written, full of plot problems and yet is entertaining. It's also featuring John Wayne as a caveman, of sorts--the sort of role folks liked back in the 40s but which will annoy many viewers with today's sensibilities. A film mostly for big-time Wayne fans and that's all--especially with the really, really dumb ending where the ultra-bad guy suddenly changes his spots!

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