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Arson, Inc. (1949)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Robert Lowery ...
Joe Martin
Anne Gwynne ...
Jane Jennings
Edward Brophy ...
Pete Purdy
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Betty - Fender's Secretary
Frederick P. 'Fred' Fender
Maude Eburne ...
William Forrest ...
Deputy Fire Chief / Narrator
Steve Pendleton ...
Murph (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Byron Foulger ...
Thomas Peyson
Matt McHugh ...
Lelah Tyler ...
Mrs. Peyson
Emmett Vogan ...
Al - Night Watchman
John Maxwell ...
Richard David ...
Junior Peyson


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 <>

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24 June 1949 (USA)  »

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Der Brandstifter von Los Angeles  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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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