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Federal Man (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 21 June 1950 (USA)
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.

Director:

(as Robert Tansey)

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Agent Phil Sherrin
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Mrs. Judith Palmer
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Chief Agent Charles Stuart
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Agent Johnson
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Lolita Martinez / Montez (as Movita Castaneda)
Lori Irving ...
Betty Herbert - elevator operator
John Laurenz ...
Rodriguez - Mexican Agent
Ben Moselle ...
Mack
George Eldredge ...
Wade Brandon
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Harry
Noel Cravat ...
Rocky
Paul Hoffman ...
George Hodge - garage 'front man'
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Jack 'Sneeze' Norton (as Joseph Turkel)
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Agent George Palmer (as William Edwards)
William F. Leicester ...
Frankie Lanessi (as William Lester)
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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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MASTER MIND OF THE T-MEN VS. THE TWISTED BRAINS OF THE UNDERWORLD! (original lobby-card - all caps)


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Approved | See all certifications »
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21 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Narcotics Agent  »

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1.37 : 1
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It works
25 November 2009 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This obviously cheaply made near-procedural of federal agents trying to track down and quell the drug traffic in Los Angeles works because its peculiar combination of low lighting and good talent -- quite apparently picked up on the cheap -- combine to yield an occasionally documentary look. The cast is composed of names that rarely rose higher than secondary leads. The cinematographer spent his career starting with movies like HARLEM RIDES THE RANGE, ended it with MA BARKER'S KILLER BROOD and seems to have kept mostly at that level in between. Its director spent his career making B westerns you never heard of and the scriptwriters came out of Gower Gulch and if one ended up writing for HAWAII 5-0 well, it was a good gig.

In short, this movie sounds like something that no one should have ever heard of, yet the details combine in a compelling way. Are they incapable of emoting or underacting? Whatever it is, the result is what counts.


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