A gambler comes into town to testify before the grand jury. He is killed by the mob before he can testify. Joe Geary (Kennedy) is fired from the police force for being soft on crime. This ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Perry ...
Alice Devlin
Jonathan Hale ...
Chief Sprague
John Ridgely ...
Florence Bates ...
Charles Trowbridge ...
Governor Phelps
Cliff Clark ...
Captain Reddick
Lieutenant-Detective Pagle
Howard Da Silva ...
Wade Boteler ...
Captain Allen
Joe Downing ...
Benny McKaye
Dick Rich ...
Big Dog
Paul Phillips ...
Crips Vossen
Joe King ...
Warden Morrell


A gambler comes into town to testify before the grand jury. He is killed by the mob before he can testify. Joe Geary (Kennedy) is fired from the police force for being soft on crime. This is a setup between him and the Police Chief so that Geary can infiltrate the gangsters. Geary then goes to prison when the police chief is killed. Geary escapes from prison and with the governor's help proves he is innocent and cleans up the mob. Written by <finley@concentric.net>

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"I'm Innocent of Murder...and I'll even kill to prove it!" See more »


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19 April 1941 (USA)  »

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Estranho Recurso  »

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When Captain Allen surprises Joe Geary (just escaped from prison), Alice Devlin and Katie at Katie's place as they try to figure out what to do after Benny McKaye dies, and Allen tells the others that corrupt policeman Pagle was promoted to Detective Captain, Geary repeats the news but refers to Pagle as "Lieutenant Captain" Pagle. See more »


The Japanese Sandman
Music by Richard A. Whiting
First tune played by the band at Durkin's Cafe
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Okay Slice of Thick-Ear
16 September 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Catch that hair-raising car chase as Geary (Kennedy) escapes prison. It's a dilly, but the crash is not one you walk away from. The movie's a 60-minute gangster programmer from the specialists, Warner Bros. Nothing memorable here, but there are highlights—the great Howard de Silva as a cruel prison guard (I'd rather serve my time in heck); battle-axe Florence Bates in an actual sympathetic role; and the race between fleeing car and speeding train. Okay, I kept a notepad so I could keep up with the maze-like plot. Seems cop Geary goes undercover to get goods on city corruption. But things don't go as planned. Meanwhile characters come and go, which is where the notepad comes in. Then too, there're more than the usual plot contrivances, but they go down easily, since director Lederman keeps things moving in typical Warners fashion.

Can't help noticing the work party scenes were filmed at all-purpose Bronson Canyon. Despite appearances, it's plumb in the middle of LA, next door to the studios. That's why it turns up in so many cheapo films, especially from the sci-fi 1950's. And get a load of leading lady Perry (Alice). No wonder Columbia's ogre Harry Cohn grabbed her off as his wife. Looks like she had a knack for marrying rich guys, so no surprise she left the business. Anyhow, it's a decent little slice of thick-ear, with a good chance to catch one of Hollywood's best actors honing his skills, the great Arthur Kennedy. Besides, who can resist a name like 'Fido Durkin'.

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