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Special Investigator (1936)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 8 May 1936 (USA)
Criminal lawyer Bill Fenwick goes undercover in Nevada to catch gold thieves when the gang kills his brother.

Director:

Louis King

Writers:

Erle Stanley Gardner (story "Fugitive Road"), Louis Stevens (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... William 'Bill' Fenwick, aka Richard 'Dick' Galt
Margaret Callahan ... Virginia Selton
Erik Rhodes ... Benny Gray
Owen Davis Jr. ... George Fenwick
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Dutch
Harry Jans Harry Jans ... Cy Adams
Joe Sawyer ... Jim 'Jimmy' Plummer (as Joseph Sawyer)
J. Carrol Naish ... Edward J. 'Eddie' Selton
Sheila Terry ... Judy Taylor
J.M. Kerrigan ... Judge Plumgate
Jed Prouty ... Dr. Vic Reynolds
Russell Hicks ... Insp. Perkett
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Storyline

Bill Fenwick, criminal lawyer, is becoming a mouthpiece for mobsters, when his brother George, a Justice Department investigator, is killed by mob chief Edward Selton. In atonement, Bill leaves his practice and his venal girlfriend and goes undercover in Nevada to investigate a scheme for "laundering" stolen gold bullion. He starts making progress when he pursues attractive Virginia, who's somehow involved with the gang; in fact, unknown to Bill, she's Selton's sister. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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When a Criminal Lawyer turns G Man..LOOK OUT! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugitive Gold See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As Virginia and Mr. Reynolds are driving toward the ranch, right before they run out of gas, Mr. Reynolds comments how pretty the stars are in the sky. Behind them, you can see the daylight sky. After they run out of gas, it is dark, and then when they are rescued by Mr. Galt, the sky is light again. See more »

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An enjoyable little film.
22 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Bill Fenwick (Richard Dix) is a very famous and well-to-do lawyer. However, he's gotten some bad people off and it's bothering his conscience. So, instead of becoming a mouthpiece for the mob, he decides to do something to help others. So, he travels out west and becomes a special undercover agent for the government. Unfortunately, the leader of the mob has a sister who has fallen for 'Richard' (Bill's undercover name). What's to become of the criminals with their fake gold mine as well as 'Bill's' girl?

This is a B-movie from RKO and the studio made quite a few lower-budgeted films starring Richard Dix. While he's pretty much forgotten today, Dix was a fine actor and quite likable--even though he wasn't exactly handsome leading man material. The writing is solid as is Dix's performance. Worth your time.


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