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Arthur Caesar (original story)
Maurice Tombragel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
24 June 1949 (USA) See more »
Sensational expose of the firebug racket! (poster)
An arson investigator goes undercover to break up a ring that sets fires in order to collect the insurance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Robert Lowery ... Joe Martin

Anne Gwynne ... Jane Jennings

Edward Brophy ... Pete Purdy

Marcia Mae Jones ... Betty - Fender's Secretary

Douglas Fowley ... Frederick P. Fender

Maude Eburne ... Grandma

William Forrest ... Fire Chief

Steve Pendleton ... Murph (as Gaylord Pendleton)

Byron Foulger ... Thomas Peyson
Matt McHugh ... Hubbell
Lelah Tyler ... Mrs. Peyson
Emmett Vogan ... Night Watchman

John Maxwell ... Detective

Richard Davies ... Junior Peyson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Forsythe ... Race Track Aannouncer (voice) (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Store Clerk (uncredited)

Sol Murgi ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Singer at Party (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Bookie (uncredited)

Directed by
William Berke 
Writing credits
Arthur Caesar (original story)

Maurice Tombragel (screenplay)

Produced by
William Stephens .... producer
Original Music by
Raoul Kraushaar 
Cinematography by
Carl Berger (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 
Art Direction by
Martin Obzina 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
Art Department
Leigh Carson .... props
Sound Department
Frank Moran .... dubbing mixer
William Randall .... sound mixer
Lyle Cain .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard Weeks .... special effects
Tom Steele .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Bjerring .... stillman
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Raoul Kraushaar .... conductor
Other crew
Claude Conlin .... technical director (as Capt. Claude Conlin)
Murray Lerner .... assistant to producer
Robert L. Lippert .... presenter
George Reeves .... dialogue director
George Reeves .... assistant to director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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63 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13810) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

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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References I Shot Jesse James (1949)See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Excellent for such a low-budget movie, 17 December 2007
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

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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