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Arson for Hire (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Romance | 1 March 1959 (USA)
Johnny Broderick, arson squad investigator, and his assistant, Ben Howard,, investigate a warehouse fire and find evidence of arson. Lawyer William Yarbo is behind the series of incendiary ... See full summary »

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Arson Squad Insp. John 'Johnny' Broderick
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Keely Harris
Tom Hubbard ...
Ben Howard, Broderick's Assistant
Jason Johnson ...
William Yarbo
Frank J. Scannell ...
Pop Bergen (as Frank Scanell)
Wendy Wilde ...
Marilyn 'Marilee' Bergen
John Frederick ...
Clete, the Photographer (as John Merrick)
Corinne Cole ...
Cindy, the Secretary (as Lari Laine)
Antony Carbone ...
Foxy Gilbert
Lyn Osborn ...
Jim, the Fireman
Robert Riordan ...
Fire Chief Boswell
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Chief Hollister
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Barney, the Bartender
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Cab Dispatcher
Frank Richards ...
Man Making Phone Calls
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Johnny Broderick, arson squad investigator, and his assistant, Ben Howard,, investigate a warehouse fire and find evidence of arson. Lawyer William Yarbo is behind the series of incendiary fires that have been plaguing the city. Keely Hariss, an actress, inherited the warehouse from her father. Yabro calls on her and says that he and her father had heavily insured the building and planned to burn it and collect, and also tells her she must accept half of the insurance money or he will see that she is blamed for the arson. "Pop" Bergen, the father of Marily Bergen, is the torch man hired by Yarbo, and he perishes in one of the conflagrations. Yarbo learns that Keely is cooperating with Broderick and he enters the movie studio where she is working, determined to kill her. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The flaming shocker about the deadliest racket in the U.S.A.! See more »

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Crime | Romance

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1 March 1959 (USA)  »

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Incendiários às Soltas  »

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In one shot set in a lumber yard, the Tabanga seen in From Hell It Came (1957) is visible in the background. Both movies were shot on what was then the Allied Artists lot in Hollywood (now the studios of KCET); apparently the suit was just stored there, so the "Arson for Hire" crew included it. See more »

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Johnny Broderick (Steve Brodie), arson squad investigator, and his assistant, Ben Howard (Tom Hubbard), investigate a warehouse fire and find evidence of arson. Lawyer William Yarbo (Jason Johnson) is behind the series of incendiary fires that have been plaguing the city.

Keely Haris (Lyn Thomas), an actress, inherited the warehouse from her father. Yabro calls on her and says that he and her father had heavily insured the building and planned to burn it and collect, and also tells her she must accept half of the insurance money or he will see that she is blamed for the arson.

"Pop" Bergen (Frank Scannell), the father of Marily Bergen (Wendy Wilde), is the torch man hired by Yarbo, and he perishes in one of the conflagrations. Yarbo learns that Keely is cooperating with Broderick and he enters the movie studio where she is working, determined to kill her. But he runs into Broderick and is critically wounded in a gun battle and is hospitalized. The half-dead Yarbo is visited in the hospital by Howard, and is soon all-dead as Howard is Yarbo's partner in the Arson Racket, and Howard does not wish to have Yarbo tell the ARson Sqaud Investigator that his assistant has a moonlighting job.

Hoawrd hustles over to the movie studio and Keely, knowing him only as Broederick's assistant, agrees to accompany him to her apartment to get a briefcase formerly owned by the late Yarbo. Once there, it does not take her long to find out Howard's true purpose for wanting the briefcase.

Meanwhile, through papers found by Marily in her father's effect, Broderick learns that Howard, his trusted assistant, and Yarbo were heads of the arson ring. But can he get to Keely's apartment before Howard torches it and all its contents, including Keely?


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