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Holt of the Secret Service (1941)

Approved | | Crime, Action, Drama | 21 November 1941 (USA)
A murderous gang of counterfeiters has kidnapped the government's best engraver and is forcing him to print virtually undetectable phony money. The Secret Service sends its toughest agent, Jack Holt, and a female partner after the gang.

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Chief John W. Malloy (as Montague Shaw)
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John Severn - Engraver [Chs. 1-4]
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A murderous gang of counterfeiters has kidnapped the government's best engraver and is forcing him to print virtually undetectable phony money. The Secret Service sends its toughest agent, Jack Holt, and a female partner after the gang.

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CHAPTER TITLES: 1) Chaotic Creek, 2) Ramparts of Revenge, 3) Illicit Wealth, 4) Menaced By Fate, 5) Exits to Terror, 6) Deadly Doom, 7) Out of the Past, 8) Escape to Peril, 9. Sealed in Silence, 10. Named to Die, 11. Ominous Warnings, 12. The Stolen Signal, 13. Prisoner of Jeopardy, 14. Afire Afloat, 15. Yielded Hostage. See more »

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22 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

When they made this film, Jack Holt was 53 and Evelyn Brent 42. You might suspect they'd be a bit creaky. Anything but. This is the only serial I've seen where the leads are actually fine actors. As a result, their byplay, highly unusual in serials, is a breath of fresh air. Brent is just as tough as Holt and each does most of his/her own stunts. Not since films like The Hazards of Helen has the heroine been an equal partner of the hero, climbing rope ladders, socking bad guys with a gun, tied to a post while a real, large fire blazes behind her. She should be better known as a feminist icon. Brent and Holt run, climb, drive like maniacs and generally put persons 20 years younger to shame. If you can imagine putting your heart and soul into a piece of celluloid trash, this is it.

That said, Holt and Brent are the only reason to see this film. It is quite cheaply made, despite that Columbia could have spent a little money dressing standing sets. Locations are used repeatedly when logic would presume the bad guys would choose new locations after the old ones were discovered by the good guys. The bad guy leads are disappointing, particularly the leader of the gang. Without the leads I'd give this mess three stars.


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