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


(as Herbert Leeds)


(novel), (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Grace Bradshaw / Bride in film
Tony Weldon - aka Anthony Wells
Det. Sgt. Mack McManus
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Jessica Royce
Barbara Madison
John Kellogg ...
Fred Reed
Princess Liane
Drake - aka The Swami
Vivien Oakland ...
Annie Cobb
Dante ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathleen Ellis ...
Julie (unconfirmed)
Jewel Rose ...
Young Widow (unconfirmed)
Cecil Weston ...
Susan (unconfirmed)


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>

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Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mensaje del otro mundo  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An entertaining B picture
17 June 1999 | by (NY State) – See all my reviews

BUNCO SQUAD concerns the efforts of a young policeman to protect a rich widow from a gang of fake spiritualists. This well made B programmer boasts good production values and a brisk pace. Chief among the competent cast is Ricardo Cortez doing his usual best as slick villain, and a small supporting role by Dante the Magician. Attractive locations and such details as 1940's streamlined cars make this film a nice small surprise.

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