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Motor Patrol (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Thriller, Drama | 12 May 1950 (USA)
A police officer masquerades as a criminal to get information on a gang of car thieves.

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Don Castle ...
Officer Ken Foster
Jane Nigh ...
Connie Taylor
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Detective Robert Flynn
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Officer Larry Collins (as Bill Henry)
Gwen O'Connor ...
Jean Colins
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Omar Shelley
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Detective Bill Hartley (as Dick Travis)
Frank Jenks ...
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Lou Fuller ...
Officer Tom Morgan (as Lucio Fulci)
Charles Victor ...
Russ Garver
Onslow Stevens ...
Lt. Dearborn
Charles Wagenheim ...
Bud Haynes
Frank Jaquet ...
George Miller
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A story of the motorcycle cops of the traffic-division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Ken Foster, a trainee, is engaged to the sister, Jean Collins, of motorcycle policeman Larry Collins, who is taking part in the investigation of a hit-and-run killing the police believe was a deliberate murder. Sighting a stolen car used in the killing, Larry pursues it and is killed by the driver. Ken is taken from the training academy and given the assignment of impersonating a known auto-thief, now in police custody, in the hopes he will be accepted by the hot-car ring working the city. He gets close before his identity is discovered and he is confronted at gunpoint by the gang-leader. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Salute To The Motorcycle Cops
10 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Motor Patrol is a Lippert Pictures salute to those unsung heroes of the police force, the motorcycle patrol cops who normally spend their days issuing tickets. One of them, William Henry answers a call from a distressed citizen reporting a dead body lying in the road. It's declared a hit and run fatality.

Whether it was a deliberate homicide is for the Accident Investigation Squad in the person of Reed Hadley to determine. When Hadley starts getting a lead as it turns out Henry is killed pursuing the suspect Hadley was drawing an investigative bead on.

Don Castle steps into the picture, he's still in the Academy and is engaged to Henry's sister. He agrees to go undercover as a known booster of cars and infiltrates the gang. It's quite a set up headed by a garage owner who funnels stolen cars through an established used car dealer.

One thing did bother me throughout the film. A group as organized as this crowd would have stripped the car and ditched it if it was involved in the homicide of a cop. That was a big glaring hole in the plot, bad writing as far as I was concerned.

Lippert Pictures regular Sid Melton is in this one and he's for once not part of the gang, but owner of a bar where these folks apparently congregate. He's strictly comic relief in this film as he does a variation of the old burlesque routine 'pay the two dollars' on the phone with an operator as he keeps throwing in nickels that the phone eats.

Motor Patrol is a sincere if cheaply made film, but with some glaring errors in plot.


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