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Powder Town (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 19 June 1942 (USA)
An absent minded research scientist takes a job at a munitions factory

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Complete credited cast:
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J. Quincy 'Penji' Pennant
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Dolly Smythe
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Sally Dean
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Mr. Billy Meeker
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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 ...
Betty
Jane Woodworth ...
Helen
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Gus, Institute Janitor
John McGuire ...
Harvey Dodge (as John Maguire)
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Storyline

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 <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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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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Comedy | Drama

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19 June 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rayo exterminador  »

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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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Obvious dummies on the explosives cart during the chase at the end of the film. See more »

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Annoying
25 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Scientist Edmond O'Brien (Penji) is persuaded to work on a secret formula when his lab blows up. But there are those who want to get their hands on his work. The trouble is he doesn't want to share with anyone.

Edmond O'Brien should be top billed instead of his annoying bruiser sidekick Victor McLaglen (Jeems) as it is his story. What's going on with that? Things are worsened by the fact that O'Brien is even more annoying than McLaglen. His simpleton manner is irritating and a complete nonsense and the fact that all those women in the boarding house are after him doesn't say much for womankind. We also have the awful Mary Gordon as their landlady. She is the only Scottish woman who manages to make it sound like she is putting on a fake Scottish accent. Irritating.

So, basically the cast are rubbish, the plot is stupid, the humour is never funny and the overall experience is boring. They obviously wanted Lucille Ball but couldn't get her so look-a-like June Havoc gets the role of Dolly. It's all a waste of time. And what about the ending when he reveals the formula for love. It's just infantile crap.


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