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The Crime Patrol (1936)

Prizefighter Bob Neal (Ray Walker) is in debt to gangster Vic Santell (Hooper Atchley) for training expenses. Santell orders Bob to take a dive in the fourth round so Santell can recoup ... See full summary »

Director:

Eugene Cummings

Writers:

Arthur T. Horman (story), Betty Burbridge (continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ray Walker ... Bob Neal
Geneva Mitchell ... Mary Prentiss
Herbert Corthell Herbert Corthell ... Police Commissioner
Hooper Atchley ... Dr. Simmons
Wilbur Mack Wilbur Mack ... Vic Santell
Russ Clark Russ Clark ... Patrolman Davis
Max Wagner ... Bennie
Virginia True Boardman ... Mrs. Kay Neal
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Fight Promoter
'Snub' Pollard ... Gyp
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Storyline

Prizefighter Bob Neal (Ray Walker) is in debt to gangster Vic Santell (Hooper Atchley) for training expenses. Santell orders Bob to take a dive in the fourth round so Santell can recoup prior gambling losses. Taunted by his ring opponent, Bob wins the fight. Realizing that his profession and underworld characters connected to it are causing him problems, Bob decides to join the police force. After taking nurse Mary Prentiss (Geneva Mitchell) to a drive-in restaurant where the total bill is a depression-era cheap eighty-two cents, Bob and his fellow officers round-up a gang of fur thieves in a warehouse shoot-out. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Patrulla contra el crimen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Harry Knight Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast; its earliest documented telecasts took place in Cincinnati Friday 2 September 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7) and in New York City Wednesday 23 August 1950 on WOR-TV (Channel 9). See more »

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Probably Not Worth the Hour to Watch, Unless....
28 February 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is one of those cheap Poverty Row second features that holds some interest for fans of old movies mostly because of one or two supporting actors. Ray Walker is a cocky young fighter who has agreed to take a dive, but, being frustrated by the bell and his opponent needling him throughout the fight, knocks him out, earning the ire of the local hoods. When he gets clobbered by a cop in an exhibition fight, he decides that the sort of training he can get at the police gym will put the polish on his boxing and allow him to court pretty nurse, Geneva Mitchell. However, paired with amiable Russ Clark, he gradually becomes a decent cop, even if he's unwilling to shoot at old friends.

Walker's brash act is annoying and the story is bog standard, but there are a couple of actors worth looking at. One is silent comic Snub Pollard in a straight role as a low-level hood, almost unrecognizable without his trademark mustache. Virginia True Boardman plays Evans mother and perennial B western bad guy Hooper Atchley has a non-villainous role. None of these make this movie particularly worthwhile; director Eugene Cummings in his sole movie credit doesn't seem to have much talent as a dialogue director. It's just another of the several thousand cheap movies that played on the bottom of double or triple bills and then vanished.


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