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Accomplice (1946)

Private Eye Simon Lash is hired by an old flame to find her missing husband.


Walter Colmes


Irving Elman (screenplay), Frank Gruber (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Richard Arlen ... Simon Lash
Veda Ann Borg ... Joyce Kimball Bonniwell
Tom Dugan ... Eddie Slocum
Archie Twitchell ... Sheriff Rucker (as Michael Brandon)
Marjorie Manners ... Evelyn Price
Earle Hodgins ... Jeff Bailey
Francis Ford ... King Connors
Edward Earle ... Jim Bonniwell
Herbert Rawlinson ... Vincent Springer
Sherry Hall Sherry Hall ... Ben Castleman
Robert McKenzie ... Barstow Gas Station Attendant


Private detective Simon Lash and his assistant Eddie Slocum are hired by Joyce Bonniwell to find her missing husband Jim Bonniwell. They learn from Mr. Springer, president of the bank where Bonniwell worked, that a woman named Evelyn Price is mixed up in the case. Following up on a call from Sheriff Rucker, Joyce and Simon go to Palmdale and Joyce identifies the body of a murdered man as her husband. Simon, following up the lead of the mysterious woman, goes to Mesa, New Mexico and finds the mystery woman to be Joyce and her husband very much alive. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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private eye | based on novel | See All (2) »


Racing Against Time... Chasing The Woman He Hated!


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Release Date:

29 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscando la muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Lancaster, California, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Friday 11 March 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Bad movies sometimes have a strange charm, but this one, only slightly
8 August 2008 | by christopher-escherSee all my reviews

There are a couple of B-noir movies--Shack Out on 101 comes to mind--that sometimes entertain with their low-budgetness. Sometimes, like in Detour, they absoltely shine.

Accomplice has a good, writerly story in there somewhere. I gather from the credits it's from some serial novel about a private detective. But the writerly touches are so buried in the low budget and crummy acting that it's hard to find it. Still--it flashes through sometimes. An eccentric desert castle for the denouement. A detective who loves old books and Jesse James mythology. Some cool location shots in Lancaster. Chase scenes along Route 66. Some potentially interesting flirtation between old lovers and new lovers.

But it never comes together as the movie races along (only 60 minutes!) and the actors try to find the camera. There's also a great blooper where the lead PI ends a scene forgetting his line: "Better take your sleeping pills, it's a long way to....(pause) uh...." CUT.

Guess they missed that one in the editing room. Nonetheless, some lowbudget guilty fun, highlighting the thing line between bad/good and just bad/bad.

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