Private detective Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick Sam Cragg skip out on their rented room, but when they sneak back to retrieve their luggage, they discover a dead body on the bed, holding... See full summary »

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Private detective Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick Sam Cragg skip out on their rented room, but when they sneak back to retrieve their luggage, they discover a dead body on the bed, holding a gold coin in its hand. Fletcher is told by a coin collector that the piece is an old and valuable Spanish coin, but Fletcher soon begins to suspect that the man is himself involved in the murder. Fletcher's investigation leads to he and Sam getting caught up in a murder and gold smuggling scheme. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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18 May 1946 (USA)  »

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Albert Dekker and Mike Mazurki search for the murderer of a body in their apartment
16 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The French Key" is a byzantine murder mystery. Albert Dekker and Mike Mazurki do private detective work. The tables are turned when they discover a dead body in their hotel room, whose door is sealed by a French key broken off in the lock due to their failure to pay their rent. A $5 gold piece is grasped in the corpse's hand. This has to do with a scheme to convert then-illegal bullion into fake rare coins, the latter being legal. Dekker and Mazurki are one step ahead of the police, and sometimes not even that. The trail leads in several directions, but how do they tie up? And which of the many people involved is behind it all? The story mixes comic lines with seriousness in an excellent balance. Neither overwhelms the other. As one who prefers the serious, I was not at all put off by the comic elements in this movie. They were handled gracefully and without overdoing it. Evelyn Ankers provided female support. This kind of mixture was a strong point for the Republic Pictures studio.

I found the picture enjoyable as well as a challenge to follow. The actors are capable. The writer, Frank Gruber, did much fine work. I've always found Dekker's work to be very interesting and to stand out. He has many fine credits. Mazurki's parts were smaller but no less memorable.


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