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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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Marcia Mae Jones ...
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Frederick P. Fender
Maude Eburne ...
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Steve Pendleton ...
Murph (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Byron Foulger ...
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Richard Davies ...
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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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A Sweet Racket
29 March 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

An eager young fireman played by Robert Lowery suspects arson in a store fire and he's got good reason to think so. His suspicions are confirmed and he gets a promotion to the arson investigation squad. The job gets doubly dangerous when a previous arson investigator is killed and his briefcase containing all his investigation notes go missing.

The trail leads to insurance investigator Douglas Fowley who has a sweet little kickback racket going about his insured clients kicking back money from their settlements to Fowley.

Fowley even supplies his own torch in the person of roly poly character actor Edward Brophy. Usually Brophy played good natured mugs in films and he starts out that way here. But he's far more dangerous than Lowery originally thinks.

In its short running time Arson, Inc. does deliver the entertainment goods. There's not a frame of film wasted and it's nicely edited, unusual for film from a poverty row studio like Lippert Pictures. Look also for a nice performance from Maud Eburne as the wise cracking grandma for Lowery's girlfriend Anne Gwynne.

But it's Brophy who really steals the show. It's a side of him rarely seen on screen.


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