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Cosmo Jones in the Crime Smasher (1943)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 January 1943 (USA)
An amateur detective and a janitor try to find a kidnapped heiress.

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Professor Cosmo Jones
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Phyllis Blake
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Mr. James J. Blake
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Jake Pelotti
Charles Jordan ...
Biff Garr
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Police Commissioner Gould
Maxine Leslie ...
Mrs. Jake Pelotti
Mauritz Hugo ...
Tony Sandol - Gangster
Sam Bernard ...
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Cosmo Jones, a correspondence-school detective from a small town, comes to the big city to offer his services to the police. He happens by where a gangster is killed by an opposing gang. Socialite Phyllis Blake is running around with gang member Tom and the opposing gang plan on kidnapping her. Cosmo is with Sergeant Flanagan when the attempt is made in front of a night club, where a bystander is seriously wounded in the gun-battle. Police Chief Murphy blames Flanagan for the shooting and demotes him. Cosmo, with the aid of a porter, Eustace and Flanagan's fiancée, Susan, tries to find the killer. Phyllis is finally kidnapped and Cosmo decides the act was committed by one of the two gangs. He has her father place an ad in the newspaper that contact has been made with the kidnappers. Each gang thinks the other is pulling a double cross, and one gang wipes out the other. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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NEW! HILARIOUS! Radio's delightfully dippy detective is a riot in his first screen hit! (original poster) See more »


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The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Thursday 18 May1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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Comes over like Harold Lloyd
30 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's a Monogram film folks so don't expect too much. But if you're a fan of Harold Lloyd, lead character and creator of Cosmo Jones on the radio, Frank Graham, comes over like Harold Lloyd in one of his sound films.

Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher did his smashing on radio originally. In this film our hero freshly graduated from correspondence school and now a detective happens to witness an attempted kidnapping of an oil heiress. He's with Sergeant Richard Cromwell who fires some shots and wounds a 'bystander'.

Cromwell gets no help from the victim who denies anything was going on and is demoted. That's when Graham goes to work with the aid of porter Eustace Jones played by Mantan Moreland on hiatus from Charlie Chan. It all becomes too real when the heiress is kidnapped for real.

Mantan and his shtick help this film along as does Edgar Kennedy playing a police captain with Irish brogue added to his slow burn.

Graham has a lot of screen credits, mostly however as voice only. This is one of the few times you'll actually see him on screen. I suspect Monogram wanted to do a series of Cosmo Jones films, but the demand was underwhelming.

Graham in his crime fighting mode has the talents of voice mimicry and ventriloquism at his command. But I suspect not in real life. His impression of Edgar Kennedy was too real, it had to be dubbed.

Sam Katzman over at Monogram had enough series with the East Side Kids and Charlie Chan. Another wasn't in the cards.


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