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Customs Agent (1950)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  18 May 1950 (USA)
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U. S. Customs is trying to stop the illegal export of a miracle drug to China. A Customs agent in Shanghai inadvertently gets his partner killed and is fired. The now ex-agent goes on a ... See full summary »

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William Eythe ...
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Lucille Gerrard
Griff Barnett ...
Charles McGraw
Howard St. John ...
Charles Johnson
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Shanghai Chief Agent Thomas Jacoby
Robert Shayne ...
West Coast Chief Agent J.G. Goff
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U. S. Customs is trying to stop the illegal export of a miracle drug to China. A Customs agent in Shanghai inadvertently gets his partner killed and is fired. The now ex-agent goes on a drinking spree, and is approached by the black market gang to help them work around Customs. A few plot twists. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Middling Through
30 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a moderate sub-B picture which has nothing wrong with it, but has little to offer. The one very interesting thing is that in 1950 the early anti-biotic drug strepto-mycin was so rare and so controlled (only tiny amounts could be exported from the USA. its only source, on special licence) that there was a big market for smugglers who could send it to China, where it was worth more than narcotics. The whole film is therefore based on a customs agent who tries to expose the criminal ring who are stealing strepto-mycin and smuggling it into Shanghai. The film begins in Shanghai, where we get a couple of shots of stock footage of the Bund, and one two-second glimpse of Nanjing Xi Lu, and the rest is cheap California sets with some extras grabbed from Chinatown. The lead is played by William Eythe, who I must say seems pretty unexciting to me. This is a walk-through-it-and-join-the-dots story. Anyone who is an undemanding viewer can sit through this without being offended, and be entertained in a middling manner.


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