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Traffic in Crime (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 28 June 1946 (USA)
Police Chief Jim Murphy, in a crime-ridden city, deputizes newspaper-reporter Sam Wire, to work as an undercover operative to rid the town of the gangster element. Sam taunts and tricks the... See full summary »

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(as Les Selander)

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(story) (as Leslie Turner White), (screenplay)
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Silk Cantrell
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Dumbo
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Nick Cantrell
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Insp. Tip Hogan
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Jake Schultz
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Police Chief Jim Murphy
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Dan Marlowe (as Harry V. Cheshire)
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Hogan's Driver (as Bob Wilke)
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Bartender
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Joe - Night Watchman
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Cab Driver
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Counter Man
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Watchman
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Police Chief Jim Murphy, in a crime-ridden city, deputizes newspaper-reporter Sam Wire, to work as an undercover operative to rid the town of the gangster element. Sam taunts and tricks the two leading gangsters, a mob girl, 'Silk" Cantrell, and a bribe-taking police official, into setting ambushes and death-traps for him, which backfire on them, and achieve his assignment directive. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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28 June 1946 (USA)  »

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Traficantes do Crime  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Exposing the sleaze in every city.
18 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When the law and the press put their heads together to try to bring down organized crime, the men and women involved in that racket should start to plan their exit strategy. This is just a so-so view of the crackdown on organized crime and the methods that the law will take to end it. With a reporter named Sam Wire (Kane Richmond) involved in the exposure of corruption and characters named Tip, Silk and Dumbo, it's obvious that the script writer was reading a bit too much Dick Tracy comic strips and Mickey Spillane dime novels. Adele Mara continues her run of shady ladies and gets typical clichéd dialog. Anne Bagel is more on the level as a good girl who won't let anybody push her around.

Lots of scenes focus more strategy and exposition over action, giving this a very slow start. But then with lines like "Holy jumpin' Christopher!" and "You and I are going to run this town, precious", some unintentional laughs do pop up, and after a few dull reels, the typical B fast pace does start to take over. The weakness comes in the writing of the characters whose reactions are often inconsistent with their earlier actions or character traits. But even with that, Adele Mara us fun to watch as a typical B girl, one part Ann Savage, another part Barbara Payton with a whisp of Gloria Grahame thrown in. Broads like this are fascinating to watch, because their ruthlessness knows no boundaries and their destruction comes in the last way that they expected.


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