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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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RICHARD DIX in the story of a crime "mouth-piece" who turned on the killers he had defended. 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 »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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$2.57 for the 10 gallons of gas is about $46.62 in 2018. See more »

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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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Crime Drama Out West
22 January 2014 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

From a Story by the Seemingly Forever In Print Creator of Perry Mason, Erle Stanley Gardner, this Slightly Above Average B-Movie Stars the also Prolific Richard Dix. With His Square Jaw, Dick Tracy Look and Handsome Ruggedness the Actor Managed to Work for Four Decades.

The Deep-Voiced, One Note Thespian is out to Avenge the Death of His Brother at the Hands of Gangsters and Travels Westward Ho, so much of this Crime Drama takes place at a Ranch and in a Small Dusty Town near Reno.

Things move along quite Nicely with the Tension Halted at Times for some Romance, this is a Not-Bad Entry that just Rises above Pedestrianism because of its Oily Villain, J. Carrol Naish trying to keep His Band of Cutthroats at bay while Bed-Ridden, Creating some much Needed Suspense.

Overall Worth a Watch but there aren't Enough Genre Flourishes in the Film to Amount to much more than a Time-Passer with an Atypical Out West Setting, where Dix and the Director must have felt at Home Considering the Number of Westerns They Cranked Out.


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