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Bullet Scars (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 7 March 1942 (USA)
Dr. Steven Bishop is taken to the hideout of Frank Dillon and his gang to treat the wounded Joe Madison. Joe's nurse sister Nora Madison is also taken. Dillon tells Bishop that if Joe dies,... See full summary »


D. Ross Lederman


Robert E. Kent (original screen play), Charles Belden (based on an idea by) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Regis Toomey ... Dr. Steven Bishop
Adele Longmire ... Nora Madison
Howard Da Silva ... Frank Dillon
Ben Welden ... Pills Davis
John Ridgely ... Hank O'Connor
Frank Wilcox ... Mike
Tod Andrews ... Joe Madison (as Michael Ames)
Hobart Bosworth ... Dr. Sidney Carter
Roland Drew ... Jake
Walter Brooke ... Trooper Walter Leary
Creighton Hale ... Jess, the Druggist
Hank Mann ... Gilly
Sol Gorss Sol Gorss ... Dude
Don Turner Don Turner ... Mitch


Dr. Steven Bishop is taken to the hideout of Frank Dillon and his gang to treat the wounded Joe Madison. Joe's nurse sister Nora Madison is also taken. Dillon tells Bishop that if Joe dies, he will be killed, but Bishop knows he will be either way. Joe dies, but Nora and Steve conceal it from Dillon and send a plea for help in a prescription that Bishop writes. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Death To The Last Of Gangdom's KILLERS!


Crime | Drama



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Film debut of Adele Longmire. See more »


When Frank Dillon and his gang run Dr. Bishop off the road, their two cars come to a stop up against each other, with Frank's car slightly ahead. But, in the next shot, Frank and his gang easily open the doors on the car's right side with plenty of space to get out and the two cars are about even. See more »


Version of King of the Underworld (1939) See more »


Shadow Waltz
Music by Harry Warren
Hummed by Ben Welden as he dances with the skeleton
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a doctor and nurse are basically held hostage by robbers
13 September 2014 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Regis Toomey and Howard da Silva star in "Bullet Scars," a 1942 B movie that's pretty good, thanks to the nice performance by Toomey.

The Dillon gang, led by Frank Dillon (Da Silva) pulls off a robbery, but one of them, Joe, is badly wounded. They can't risk going to a hospital, so they corral a doctor, Steven Bishop (Toomey) to help them, claiming the shooting was accidental and saying nothing about the fact that they're all crooks. Meanwhile, Joe's sister Nora (Adele Longmire), a nurse, is asked to come and take care of her brother. Dillon offers the doctor a fortune and his own laboratory if he will stay and take care of Joe, who is Dillon's best friend. Dillon is also in love with Nora, who wants nothing to do with him.

It doesn't take Bishop long to realize that he's pretty much a captive of these men, but while picking up supplies at the drugstore, with one of the men standing nearby, he does find out about the recent bank robbery and puts 2 + 2 together. He also knows he won't live if Joe dies while under his care. He and Nora have to figure out how to get out of there.

There's nothing special about this movie, but it is entertaining, and the end is clever. Regis Toomey was a solid actor with a kindly presence who was prolific in both television and film into his eighties. He was a regular on many TV series over the years. Howard da Silva, turned in as a Communist by Robert Taylor, was blacklisted for 8 years but acted in theater and returned to television in 1959. He starred as Ben Franklin on Broadway and screen in "1776." However, the most interesting person in this film was the elderly doctor in the beginning of the film, Hobart Bosworth. Bosworth was a direct descendant of John and Priscilla Alden on his father's side, and on his mother's side, a descendant of the first Dutch settlers to land in the U.S. He was an actor, director, writer, and producer going back to 1908.

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7 March 1942 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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