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Double Cross (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 27 June 1941 (USA)
When a cop is shot dead during a raid, and another is mistakenly shot for killing him, his fellow officer friend goes undercover on his own to bust up the criminal's operation.


(as Albert Kelley)


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Complete credited cast:
... Jim Murray
... Ellen Bronson
... Fay Saunders
... Nick Taggart
Richard Beach ... Steve Bronson
... Mrs. Murray
... Capt. Murray
Charles Miller ... Mayor John Frawley
... Cookie (as Frank C. Moran)
... Miggs
... Commissioner Bob Trent (as Edmund Keane)
William Halligan ... Houston
Jimmie Fox ... Camera Shop Owner
... Protective Agency Manager
Ted Wray ... Police Sgt. Rand


A gambling joint run by Fay Saunders is raided by the police. Fay grabs the pistol of her sweetheart, police officer Steve Bronson, and kills one of the raiding policemen.Steve seizes the gun from her and is riddled by hie fellow officers who think he has turned on them. Steve, on his hospital death-bed tells his friend and fellow officer, Jim Murray, the real story, and Jim sets out to clear Steve's name. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TRAPPED! By the man she loves...as the Motorcycle Squad closes in on the Vice Ring! See more »


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Release Date:

27 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Motorcycle Squad  »

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| (TV) (edited)

Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its initial USA telecast Monday 26 February 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Detroit it first aired Wednesday 24 November 1948 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Cincinnati Saturday 26 February 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4), and in Albuquerque Saturday 12 March 1949 on KOB (Channel 4). See more »


During the chase scene at the end of the picture, Taggart and his boys began firing on the cops following them, and they appeared to be shooting through some sort of opening in the rear of the van. However an exterior view of the Dollar Van revealed that the outside walls of the vehicle were solid. The cops giving chase were shooting blind into the van, and wound up killing all the mobsters inside. See more »

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Healthy Beginning Peters Out To A Less Than Inspired Climax.
21 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The opening scenes of this film depict policeman Steve Bronson (Richard Beach) keeping company with Fay Saunders (Wynne Gibson), whom he believes is his girlfriend, at a night club, The Silver Slipper, when a squad from his Department raids into the rear of the establishment, wherein flourishes an illicit gambling salon, and while the club's owner Nick Taggart (John Miljan) grapples with officers, Fay removes Steve's revolver from its holster and kills a policeman, as her affection for her actual lover Taggart plainly extends beyond what might be considered natural. When Steve retrieves the murder weapon from false Fay he is, with pistol in hand, shot down by other officers, therewith apparently tagged as being a cop-killer, but this is not accepted by police dispatcher Jim Murray (Kane Richmond), son of the Captain in charge of the tragically suppressant raid, especially following his visit and conversation with Steve at the latter's hospital death bed, after which Jim is determined to bring Fay and Taggart to justice. While in the process of attempting to infiltrate Taggart's criminal organization, Jim is cashiered from his Department because his father can find no discernible legitimate cause for his son's involvement with the band of ne'er-do-wells, but young Murray persists with his clandestine investigation, sharing his plan with only his fiancée Ellen (Pauline Moore), Steve's sister, who gives him emotional support. When Jim discovers that Taggart is planning to assassinate the senior Murray, his scheme to bring the evildoers to bay must co-exist with a method of saving his father from a violent death, hoping that by success with both ventures he may achieve reinstatement as an officer. The initial sequences of the film are neatly constructed, with each of the principal characters along with their motivations being quickly and efficiently sketched and interconnected, but as the low budget PRC release, filmed in Los Angeles, continues, a series of leaden incongruities abound, with a viewer's interest being consequently reduced. Fine Serbian actor Miljan gains the acting laurels here for his polished technique in playing boss of the Forces of Evil and Richmond, of the square-jawed Richard Arlen mode of acting, is suitably heroic throughout, while from the distaff side, Gibson is by turns stiff and shrill, Moore is bland, and Mary Gordon performs comfortably within her characteristic Irish matriarchal part. Additionally, it is ever a pleasure to watch veteran supporting actor Frank Moran, former top-flight heavyweight boxing contender, who traveled the full distance in title bouts with Jess Willard and Jack Johnson. Here he is cast as a simple-minded Taggart henchman, albeit one with a heart of gold.

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