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Arson, Inc. (1949)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 24 June 1949 (USA)
An arson investigator goes undercover to break up a ring that sets fires in order to collect the insurance.

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Betty - Fender's Secretary
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Frederick P. Fender
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Grandma
William Forrest ...
Fire Chief
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Murph (as Gaylord Pendleton)
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Thomas Peyson
Matt McHugh ...
Hubbell
Lelah Tyler ...
Mrs. Peyson
Emmett Vogan ...
Night Watchman
John Maxwell ...
Detective
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Junior Peyson
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Storyline

Fireman Joe Martin comes to suspect that fires occurring in the warehouse and home of a furrier may have been deliberately set in order to cover thefts. He goes undercover, pretending to have been discharged from the fire department and appearing to ally himself with crooked insurance man Fred Fender, whom Joe suspects of being behind the arson ring. But Joe and his girlfriend Jane Jennings find themselves in over their heads. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Sensational expose of the firebug racket! (poster)


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Passed | See all certifications »
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24 June 1949 (USA)  »

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Firebug Squad  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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There is a scene where Robert Lowery walks past a movie theater that displays posters for I Shot Jesse James (1949) and Highway 13 (1948); "Highway 13" also starred Lowery and was directed by William Berke, who directed this film. See more »

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Referenced in Trumbo (2015) See more »

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Excellent for such a low-budget movie
17 December 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is about a fireman who investigates an arson ring. The lead is played appealingly by Robert Lowery. It's very well cast: Anne Gwynne is the schoolteacher he falls for. Edward Brophy is both initially amusing and then intense as an arsonist. Maude Eburne is fun as Gwynne's saucy granny. And the second female lead -- this is not funny; it's scary -- gets smacked in the face by two of the characters. (She is played by the petulantly pretty Marcia Mae Jones.) Unknown programmers like this tend to be disappointing. "Arson, Inc." is the reverse: One comes to it with low expectations and it packs quite a wallop.


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