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Confidential (1935)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 16 October 1935 (USA)
A Federal agent seeks to avenge the murder of his friend by going undercover in a numbers racket. But one of the gang thinks the new man seems familiar...


Edward L. Cahn


John Rathmell (story), Scott Darling (story) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Donald Cook ... FBI Agent Dave Elliott
Evalyn Knapp ... Maxine Travers
Warren Hymer ... 'Midget' Regan
J. Carrol Naish ... 'Lefty' Tate (as J. Carrol Nash/J. Carrol Naish)
Herbert Rawlinson ... J.W. Keaton
Theodore von Eltz ... Mr. Walsh (as Theodore Von Eltz)
Morgan Wallace ... H. Van Cleve
Kane Richmond ... J.W. 'Jack' Keaton, Jr.
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Insp. Arthur M. Preston
Reed Howes ... FBI Agent Bob Arnold
James Bush ... Lacey
Edward Hearn ... Insp. Stone
Al Bridge ... Hanover - Walsh's Henchman (as Allan Bridge)
Earl Eby Earl Eby ... FBI Agent Nash


A Federal agent seeks to avenge the murder of his friend by going undercover in a numbers racket. But one of the gang thinks the new man seems familiar... Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

16 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batalha Contra o Crime See more »

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Mascot Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Saturday 4 May 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), in Washington DC Tuesday 20 January 1948 on WMAL (Channel 7), in Cincinnati Sunday 4 April 1948 on WLW-T (Channel 4). in Detroit Sunday 23 May 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), and in Cleveland Friday 27 August 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5). See more »

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Early G-men vs. crooks thriller
17 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

CONFIDENTIAL is a cheap crime thriller charting the efforts of a number of Federal agents to bring down gangsters running a numbers game. It starts off in an electrifying way with a montage of scenes showing the crooks taking a hold in the city before introducing the protagonists, two-fisted heroes willing to put their lives on the line to take it to the enemy.

The main plot sees an agent going undercover with the criminal gang. Once there he gathers evidence to bring the villains to justice, while at the same time taking time out to romance the pretty Evalyn Knapp. Inevitably he risks discovery at the hands of sinister 'Lefty' Tate, played with relish by popular actor J. Carrol Naish.

Although Donald Cook makes for a bit of a stolid hero, CONFIDENTIAL is quite a good little film. With a running time of 65 minutes it moves smoothly from beginning to end with few slow spots, and saves all the action for the climax. The incidents littering the plot are rather predictable for the modern viewer, but nonetheless the film holds your attention despite the low budget. Warren Hymer's comic turn as the goofy 'Midget' is the highlight.

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