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Joe Downey
Jane Frazee ...
Marion Roberts
Robert Osterloh ...
James 'Slats' Slattery
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Joan Manning
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Nails
Eddie Dunn ...
Police Lt. Madigan
Meyer Grace ...
Knuckles Morgan
Pierre Watkin ...
C. W. Sloan
Ralph Dunn ...
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Sally O'Brien
Harry Cheshire ...
T.A. Hartley
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Herman Rinsel - the Druggist
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Stockbroker Joe Downey(Warren Douglas), mistaken in the dark for gangster "Slats" Slattery (Robert Osterloh), is brutally beaten by a rival gangster, "Knuckles" Morgan (Meyer Grace), and Downey winds up in jail on a drunk charge. His sweetheart, Marion Roberts (Jane Frazee), and friend, Bill (Harry Lauter), obtain his release, and then the three set out to find and warn the intended-victim. This pulls them into some violent incidents, including a hijacking and a murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Warren Douglas decides to walk home, an incident with large and unexpected consequences
22 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Incident" is a Monogram film noir that hadn't surfaced in any form for so many years that it had entered the category of "lost". Now it's found, and it looks great on the newly-released DVD.

The movie is definitely above-average. The plot is very well thought out indeed, and quite complex. No loose ends. Not much here that one can consider implausible. In fact, just the opposite. Everything fits together extremely well. What seems at first to be a subplot merges seamlessly into the main plot. The script shows maturity and depth in its treatment of character and situation. No mindlessness here. Actions develop in naturally motivated ways. There is little in the way of classic noir photography, but that's more than compensated for by the noir plot. Also, the music is kept to a minimum.

Warren Douglas is a bachelor stock broker, a right guy, and a friend of a married couple, Joyce Compton and Harry Lauter. Compton is more pushy and talkative than her husband. I found the treatment of these three characters and their relationships to be right on target and realistic. The humor they generate seemed quite natural.

Walking home alone after dinner with them, Douglas is mistaken for someone named "Slats" (Robert Osterloh) and given a serious beating. This gets him involved in a quarrel between Osterloh and "Nails" (Anthony Carusa) and his gang. Douglas gets no real action from police, other than to call them back if he sees the man who beat him up. He's curious enough to return to the scene of his beating and look for Slats. In a drugstore, he meets Jane Frazee and pretty soon they're a pair. But he doesn't know that she's an undercover insurance investigator looking into fur burglaries from a department store, and she can't tell him. Plot complications build up nicely and with suspense from this setup.

I'd rate this one 7.5 if I could. The tone of "Incident" is mostly what I'd call "straight ahead" or "mainstream". Director Beaudine, known for his efficiency, hasn't attempted to embroider the film with heavy atmosphere, suspense, foreboding, big surprises, or to use the photography to emphasize themes or characters. He just gives us a straight ahead kind of story telling as he did with so many other b-movies. What we get from Beaudine is a smoothly-told story that has a natural kind of suspense to it. Beaudine's style is helped in this case by a very sound script and and by a cast that does a very smooth job in bringing it to life. But I still have the feeling that Beaudine has worked a kind of magic of his own in making the overall result a product of his own skills. His work here reminds me of a mainstream jazz musician who is not known for any exceptional contribution but whom you'd find surprisingly hard to imitate if you tried, his skills being rather hidden.

It's an enjoyable noir and I'll be watching it again.


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