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Bank Alarm (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 7 June 1937 (USA)
An investigator tries to find a gang responsible for a rash of bank robberies. What he doesn't know is that his sister is the girlfriend of the gang's ringleader.

Director:

Louis J. Gasnier

Writers:

Eleanor Hunt (original story) (as Cynthia Meade), Lawrence Meade (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Conrad Nagel ... Alan O'Connor
Eleanor Hunt ... Bobbie Reynolds
Vince Barnett ... Clarence 'Bulb' Callahan
Wheeler Oakman ... Joe Karlotti
Nat Carr ... Yoritz
Frank Milan Frank Milan ... Jerry Turner
Wilma Francis ... Kay O'Connor
William L. Thorne ... Police Inspector J. C. Macy (as William Thorn)
Charles Delaney ... Duke - Henchman
Phil Dunham ... Leon Curtis - Bank Clerk (as Philip Dunham)
Sidney D'Albrook Sidney D'Albrook ... Coroner (as Syd D'Albrook)
Pat Gleason Pat Gleason ... Barney - Henchman
Wilson Benge Wilson Benge ... Overman - Bank Bookkeeper
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Nevada Sheriff
Ed Schaefer Ed Schaefer ... Tracy
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An investigator tries to find a gang responsible for a rash of bank robberies. What he doesn't know is that his sister is the girlfriend of the gang's ringleader. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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THEY SMASHED A MILLION DOLLAR CRIME RING! (original ad) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alerte aux banques See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The last of four features featuring Conrad Nagel as Federal Agent Alan O'Connor and Eleanor Hunt as Bobbie Reynolds. See more »

Connections

Follows The Gold Racket (1937) See more »

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A pretty good B crime drama
8 September 2013 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

Conrad Nagel is the only "big" name in this film, but I'd say it's a pretty satisfying B. You have to remember this is a poverty row product, yet it is well directed and acted and has a couple of interesting twists and turns as far as the script goes. Conrad Nagel and Eleanor Hunt play a G-man and G-woman who seem to have something romantic going - I was actually a bit confused at first as to whether or not they were playing a married couple - and are actually allowed to work together in the field in the days of J. Edgar, but then I guess that's another story. I think this film was going for the "Thin Man" married sleuth recipe that was such a hit in the 30's without being redundant, thus the federal agent angle. Nagel and Hunt display quite a bit of chemistry as well as good sleuthing teamwork. What I found distracting were some of Eleanor Hunt's headdresses! I know the well-dressed lady usually wore one up until the 1960's but gosh, I'm surprised she wasn't receiving radio signals on some of them! What brings the Feds to town is a group of bank robbers who have begun to knock off members of their own gang when they get to be too big of a risk - including one brazen murder inside a big city jail. You'd think this would have to lower morale inside the gang, but you'd be wrong. They seem to stay loyal to Mr. Big regardless of the fact that they have to know they could be next. And that's what our Fed agents are after - the Mr. Big behind it all, since the local authorities have been concentrating on picking up all of the low men on the totem pole with no lessening in the activity of the gang of robbers.

There are really no surprises in this one, it's just an adequately executed bit of film history that is a good time passer. I could have done without Vince Barnett's somewhat forced pieces of slap-stick, and the local police are made to look so stupid it makes the cops in the Boston Blackie series look like Columbo, but that was probably done to make the Feds stand out as brilliant and saving the day.


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