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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 ...
Anne Gwynne ...
Edward Brophy ...
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Betty - Fender's Secretary
Frederick P. Fender
Maude Eburne ...
William Forrest ...
Fire Chief
Steve Pendleton ...
Murph (as Gaylord Pendleton)
Byron Foulger ...
Thomas Peyson
Matt McHugh ...
Lelah Tyler ...
Mrs. Peyson
Emmett Vogan ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Der Brandstifter von Los Angeles  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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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A decent low-budget time-passer
8 July 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

ARSON, INC. is a very low-budget film and its obvious for several reasons. First, almost everyone in the film are unknowns other than Eddie Brophy in a supporting role. Brophy was in the latter part of his career and wasn't exactly a huge name, but at least he's a recognizable actor. Second, occasionally the dialog and acting are very poor--especially the prologue and epilogue by the fire chief. He had the acting talent of a tomato and the dialog they had him read was definitely the worst in the film.

As for the rest of the film, it's a reasonably interesting movie about an arson investigation. It seems that quite a few suspicious fires have occurred lately and it appears to be the work of organized crime. And, when people are killed, it's up to the hero to go undercover and learn who's responsible. Interesting and rather reminiscent of the film LOAN SHARK in plot--which is bundled on the same DVD as ARSON, INC..

By the way, the best aspect of the film was the comic relief by Maude Eburne (playing "Grandma"). She was exceptional and the few times she was in the film, it really brightened the whole thing up.

Overall, a decent little low-budget time-passer and that's about it.

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