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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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Hubbell
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Junior Peyson
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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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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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30 June 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A fireman goes undercover to catch a gang of professional arsonists.

I wish the movie had some memorable feature, something to distinguish it from other crime features of the period. But it doesn't. The undercover plot is borrowed from a hundred scarier crime dramas of the time. Lead actors Gwynne and Lowery are certainly capable performers, much better than the predictable material. Still, I wonder about Brophy (Pete). He's faintly comical, a colorful character right out of Damon Runyon. The trouble is he seems out of place in a serious movie like this. I guess it's left to the archly villainous Douglas Fowley to project needed menace. All in all, the movie's a Lippert production, which probably accounts for the various cost-cutters (cheap sets, absence of big fires to menace hero), plus a general lack of imagination. My advice is you've probably seen it before, so skip it, unless you're a fan of Lowery or Gwynne.


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