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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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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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EXPLOSIVE FUN AND FURY in a seething "Arsenal of Democracy"! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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19 June 1942 (USA)  »

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El rayo exterminador  »

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| (Turner library print)

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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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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