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A Gun in His Hand (1945)

Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime. Camouflaged by his uniform and badge, he pulls of a number ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Tom Trout ...
Police Officer Dennis Nordell
Richard Gaines ...
Police Inspector Dana
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Dennis Nordell joins the police force with a long-range goal; use the knowledge he gains to pursue a career of undetected crime. Camouflaged by his uniform and badge, he pulls of a number of seemingly foolproof crimes, but is eventually trapped by an overlooked bit of evidence too small to be seen. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Does Not Pay No. 46: A Gun in His Hand  »

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1.37 : 1
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The weight of the green wax sample is stated to be "one-one thousandth of a milligram." A scale with this accuracy, if one even existed in 1945, would have cost well-beyond the means of a police station's budget. The statement likely should have been either "one-one thousandth of a gram" or "one milligram." See more »

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An early look at police procedures in a "Crime Does Not Pay" short subject...
23 October 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is a better than average crime melodrama from the producers of the "Crime Does Not Pay" series of shorts made during the '40s.

Today's movie-goers and TV watchers will find it reasonably interesting but primitive in police methods and forensics, especially if they watch the latest CSI shows using modern methods of detection. Still, watching the police on the trail of a crooked officer who's killed a fellow policeman is compelling material for this short subject.

Naturally, the rogue cop has to pay for his criminal behavior. It's all quickly paced and competently performed by a cast of relatively unknown actors that includes ANTHONY CARUSO (who always reminds me so much of RALPH BYRD, another B-actor who played similar tough guy roles).

Some may find it lacks something in the way the detectives go about their work, but I found it held my interest.


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