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International Crime (1938)

Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes ... See full summary »

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Charles Lamont

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Theodore A. Tinsley (story "Foxhound") (as Maxwell Grant), Jack Natteford (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod La Rocque ... Lamont Cranston
Astrid Allwyn ... Phoebe Lane
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... Commissioner Weston (as Thomas Jackson)
Oscar O'Shea ... Heath
Lew Hearn ... Moe
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Flotow (as Wm. von Brincken)
Tenen Holtz ... Starkhov
William Pawley ... Honest John (as Wm. Pawley)
Peter Potter Peter Potter ... Burke (as Wm. Moore)
John St. Polis ... Roger Morton
Jack Baxley Jack Baxley ... Matthews
Walter Bonn Walter Bonn ... Steffen
Harry C. Bradley ... Barrows (as Harry Bradley)
Will Stanton ... Lush
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Lamont Cranston (Rod La Rocque), amateur criminologist and detective, with a daily radio program, sponsored by the Daily Classic newspaper, has developed a friendly feud that sometimes passes the friendly stage with Police Commissioner Weston (Thomas E. Jackson). He complains to his managing editor, Edward Heath (Oscar O'Shea), over the problems that have developed in his department since Phoebe Lane (Astrid Allwyn) has been hired as his assistant. He is advised to forget it since she is the publisher's niece. During his broadcast about Honest John (William Pawley), a famous safe cracker who has served his time, Phoebe gives him a note that the Metropolitan Theatre is to be robbed at eight o'clock and she is so insistent that he adds it as his closing note. Off the air, he learns she got the information from a man she met in a café who had an honest face. Cranston goes to the theatre where Weston and his men have gathered and, of course, nothing happens but, across town, a safe is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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EXPOSED! AS TIMELY AS THOUGH IT WAS TAKEN FROM TOMORROW'S HEADLINES! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lew Hearn made occasional appearances on "The Jack Benny Program" radio show starting around 1935 as the character "Schlepperman". His trademark was saying, "Hello, stranger," using his distinctive accent just as he does in this movie. See more »

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Phoebe Lane: This is going to be thrilling, isn't it, Mr. Cranston?
Lamont Cranston: Yes, and dangerous, too. Particularly for you.
Phoebe Lane: For me? Why?
Lamont Cranston: Well, when the crooks start shooting it seems they pick off the girl first.
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Well, at least Rod La Roque was pretty good...
28 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an odd little B-movie--one that at least is different. Rod La Roque stars as "the Shadow"--a combination radio celebrity and amateur crime solver. Using his show, he periodically tweaks the noses of the local police--who respond by arresting him on trumped up charges (wow...I guess the Constitution wasn't created until after 1938). And, along for the ride is one of the most common clichés in crime films of the era--the spunky and occasionally annoying reporter (who also happens to be the daughter of the radio station owner). Together, they investigate a crime AND have a good time!

For the most part, this is light and silly B entertainment. It's not terrible but cliché-ridden and only adequately written--at best. But, on the positive side, La Roque was very good in the movie--and it makes you wonder why he had faded to a B-actor after a relatively promising series of films in the 1920s and early 30s.

Adequate.


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