Former juvenile star William Henry is the all-grown-up hero of "Federal Man". Henry is cast as a government agent, who dogs the trail of illegal narcotics peddlers. This requires several trips south of the US-Mexico border and back again.


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Complete credited cast:
Agent Phil Sherrin
Mrs. Judith Palmer
Chief Agent Charles Stuart
Agent Johnson
Lolita Martinez / Montez (as Movita Castaneda)
Lori Irving ...
Betty Herbert - elevator operator
John Laurenz ...
Rodriguez - Mexican Agent
Ben Moselle ...
George Eldredge ...
Wade Brandon
Noel Cravat ...
Paul Hoffman ...
George Hodge - garage 'front man'
Jack 'Sneeze' Norton (as Joseph Turkel)
Bill Edwards ...
Agent George Palmer (as William Edwards)
William F. Leicester ...
Frankie Lanessi (as William Lester)


A government agent, who dogs the trail of illegal narcotics peddlers. This requires several trips south of the US-Mexico border and back again. During these trips, he meets people like the tough femme-fatale Judith Palmer and lead smuggler Harry. Written by Robert

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21 June 1950 (USA)  »

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Federal men face challenge of breaking a careful narcotics operation
24 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Federal Man" (1950) for the most part is a very solid and well-executed and paced crime story. Only the action ending is not up to par, but the rest of it moves along nicely between a narcotics operation and a police procedural attempting to uncover it and get enough evidence for a conviction. It's a decent b-movie.

The two main agents in the narcotics bureau are William Henry, unfamiliar to me, and Robert Shayne, who is well-known to me. Shayne stars, for example, in "The Neanderthal Man". Henry appears in several movies I've seen, so maybe next time I'll remember him. Lyle Talbot is a third member of their team; he's famous. The head of the narcotics operation is George Eldredge. He and actor John Eldredge were brothers and they resemble, right down to the mustaches. As character actors, they both have a well-groomed appearance, and their speech and speaking voices are sophisticated and smooth, not British but reminding one of that. B-movie fans may also recognize Joe Turkel in the gang; also, Noel Cravat as a heavy. And one more familiar player is Myron Healey who has a small part as a police technician. For song and dance relief, there is Movita.

The task of discovering the operation is not easy in this film, and Eldredge is very cautious. This makes for a good story. The latest mechanical techniques are brought in toward the end.

There are some lesser crime or crime-tinged movies of the 30s and 40s that, to me, are quite difficult to sit through, due to stilted acting or cheapness or drawn out pacing. "Federal Man" is not at all in that class. It was easy to watch and enjoyable.

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