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Powder Town (1942)

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An absent minded research scientist takes a job at a munitions factory



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Complete credited cast:
J. Quincy 'Penji' Pennant
Dolly Smythe
Dorothy Lovett ...
Sally Dean
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Mr. Billy Meeker
Damian O'Flynn ...
Oliver Lindsay
Marten Lamont ...
Chick Parker
Roy Gordon ...
Dr. Wayne
Marion Martin ...
Sue, Blonde Piano Player
Mary Gordon ...
Mrs. Douglas
Frances E. Neal ...
Carol (as Frances Neal)
Julie Warren ...
Jane Woodworth ...
George Cleveland ...
Gus, Institute Janitor
John McGuire ...
Harvey Dodge (as John Maguire)


Absent-minded professor Quincey Pennant creates a formula to transmit the impact of explosives over greater distances. Hired by the Jupiter Powder Co. to perfect and test the method, he is occasionally sidetracked by gold-digging females and formula-seeking spies. Written by Chris Stone <>

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and WHAT a Town...when the day shift goes off at the Jupiter plant...and the night shift comes on at the Rainbow Gardens Dance Hall...powdered molls and powder monkeys puttin' the "boom" in a boom town! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

19 June 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Cidade da Pólvora  »

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| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Additonal scenes were added to update the story when the United States entered World War II during the production. See more »

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A silly little time-passer.
27 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Edmond O'Brien stars in this odd little WWII propaganda film. He plays an absent-minded and very naive scientist who is working on a secret formula for explosives. Unfortunately, he's a wanted man--wanted by the Axis as well as by women in the boarding house where he lives. Can he manage to avoid Nazi spies and marriage-minded women long enough to complete his tests? As a propaganda film, it's very unusual. Most films by Hollywood about the war were films featuring soldiers--not research scientists. Because of that reason alone, the film is worth seeing. Along for the ride is Victor McLaglen and Eddie Foy Jr.--as well as a house full of pretty actresses. It is true that men were in short supply during the war--and seeing these women panting after nerdy O'Brien was kind of funny. However, as for the rest of the film, it was only adequate. It's inoffensive but not particularly distinguished. Worth seeing only if you are nuts about propaganda films--otherwise you can easily find better.

By the way, seeing an older McLaglen fighting and beating the snot out of everyone was NOT unrealistic. He'd been a boxer in his younger days and despite his age probably COULD have taken on the entire bar!

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