MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 35,287 this week

Bunco Squad (1950)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  1 September 1950 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 113 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 5 critic

A detective goes after a ring of phony "mediums" who are trying to swindle a rich widow out of her fortune.

Director:

(as Herbert Leeds)

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 598 titles
created 18 Nov 2012
 
a list of 200 titles
created 10 Dec 2012
 
a list of 1691 titles
created 02 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 2116 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 359 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Bunco Squad" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bunco Squad (1950)

Bunco Squad (1950) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bunco Squad.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Susan is in the hospital with a bullet near her heart. Marian has told the police that she shot Susan in a rage as Susan was giving up singing. Marian and Luke found Susan when she was a ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: Maureen O'Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame
Mystery | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Duke Duquesne, is a very eccentric magician and due to his lifestyle his two-year-old daughter is sent away to live with an aunt (living there for the next twenty years). News of her ... See full summary »

Director: William Conrad
Stars: Connie Stevens, Dean Jones, Cesar Romero
Roughshod (1949)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Wrangler Clay Phillips and his young brother are taking horses to Sonora when they come across four dancehall girls heading the same way, stuck with a wrecked buggy. He takes the girls on ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Robert Sterling, Gloria Grahame, Claude Jarman Jr.
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A mysterious hypnotist is suspected by the police for being responsible a wave of female mutilation victims.

Director: George Blair
Stars: Jacques Bergerac, Merry Anders, Allison Hayes
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Andy Hardy goes to college after returning from World War II. He is in love with Kay Wilson this time.

Director: Willis Goldbeck
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden
Fall Guy (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Tom Cochrane (Leo Penn'), full of dope (cocaine) and covered with blood, is picked up by the police and then questioned by detectives Shannon (Douglas Fowley) and Taylor (Harry Strang), but... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Robert Armstrong, Leo Penn, Teala Loring
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on an old radio series with a live audience. It is the story of few of the people who attend the show. Nat King Cole sings.

Director: Harold D. Schuster
Stars: Tom Breneman, Bonita Granville, Beulah Bondi
Brainstorm (1965)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young scientist saves an attractive married woman from a suicide attempt, becomes romantically involved with her, plots to kill her husband, and then fakes insanity to escape the murder ... See full summary »

Director: William Conrad
Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Dana Andrews, Anne Francis
The Couch (1962)
Horror | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

While undergoing therapy for his problem, a serial killer continues his murderous sprees.

Director: Owen Crump
Stars: Grant Williams, Shirley Knight, Onslow Stevens
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A government agent investigates the use of illegal amphetamines among long-haul truck drivers.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Peter Graves, Mala Powers, Chuck Connors
Certificate: Passed Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mike Morgan creates the illusions that magicians use in their shows. While his business is Miracles for Sale, his hobby is exposing fake spiritualists. At the club, he is invited to attend ... See full summary »

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Robert Young, Florence Rice, Frank Craven
Column South (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

As Lt. Jed Sayre struggles to prevent pre-Civil War tensions and a racist commanding officer from triggering war between the U.S. Cavalry and Navajo Indians, he finds his efforts are being ... See full summary »

Director: Frederick De Cordova
Stars: Audie Murphy, Joan Evans, Robert Sterling
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Det. Sgt. Steve Johnson
Joan Dixon ...
Grace Bradshaw / Bride in film
...
Tony Weldon - aka Anthony Wells
...
Det. Sgt. Mack McManus
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Jessica Royce
Marguerite Churchill ...
Barbara Madison
John Kellogg ...
Fred Reed
Bernadene Hayes ...
Princess Liane
Robert Bice ...
Drake - aka The Swami
Vivien Oakland ...
Annie Cobb
Dante ...
Dante the Magician
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathleen Ellis ...
Julie (unconfirmed)
Jewel Rose ...
Young Widow (unconfirmed)
Cecil Weston ...
Susan - Mrs. Royce's Maid (unconfirmed)
Edit

Storyline

Told in semi-documentary style, this film deals with a little-known section of the Los Angeles Police Department which is assigned solely to checking on the activities of fortune tellers, swamis, palmists, and other occult societies, missing only Sciencetology. The primary story has L.A. police detectives Steve Johnson and 'Mack' McManus tracking down a wave of suicides they think have been influenced by a swindler-murderer Anthony Wells. The latter runs a pretentious house staffed with occultists across the board, and is trying to embezzle from Jessica Royle, a wealthy widow whose son was killed in action in World War II. Johnson uses his fiancée/actress, Grace Bradshaw, as an undercover operative to get inside information. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mensaje del otro mundo  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fast and Efficient
16 July 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

You've got to hand it to post-war RKO-- they really knew how to turn out fast, efficient little crime dramas. Nothing special here, except a good look at LA locations circa 1950 and Detroit's all-time ugliest car—the "inverted bathtub" Nash sedan. Ricardo Cortez makes an excellent smoothie conning gullible women out of their fortunes. However, the phony medium set-up comes across as something of a stretch, but does lend needed atmosphere. Also, having cutie Joan Dixon play an actress allows for some clever "movie within a movie" set-ups; at the same time, the very last line sounds like an inspiration of the moment that was allowed to stand. Note too that usual bad guy Doug Fowley gets to work the other side of the law, and in a crime drama, no less. Still and all, I wish the screenplay had gotten more imaginative by using tricks from magician Dante to foil the crooks, instead of two guys in black beating up a crook in the dark, which may make an interesting visual effect, but makes no plot sense. Anyhow it's a good, fast hour of programming that shows again how well RKO could fill up a double-bill at the local theatre.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Bunco Squad (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?