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Exposed (1947)

Colonel Bentry hires private-eye Belinda Prentice to investigate his stepson and heir Bill Forestman. Bill has withdrawn large sums of money from his account, according to the Colonel, ... See full summary »


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Royal K. Cole (screenplay), Charles Moran (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Adele Mara ... Belinda Prentice
Mark Roberts ... William Foresman III (as Robert Scott)
Lorna Gray ... Judith Bentry (as Adrian Booth)
Robert Armstrong ... Inspector Prentice
William Haade ... Iggy Broty
Bob Steele ... Chicago
Harry Shannon ... Severance
Charles Evans ... Jonathan Lowell
Joyce Compton ... Emmy
Russell Hicks ... Col. William K. Bentry
Paul E. Burns ... Prof. Ordson
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Dr. Richard
Edward Gargan ... Big Mac
Mary Gordon ... Miss Keets
Patricia Knox ... Waitress


Colonel Bentry hires private-eye Belinda Prentice to investigate his stepson and heir Bill Forestman. Bill has withdrawn large sums of money from his account, according to the Colonel, rented an apartment in the city and stoutly refuses to explain his actions. On their way to the Bentry estate, Belinda and her assistant, Iggy Broty, stop near Bill's apartment and their attention is attracted by two suspicious-looking characters. Iggs stays to check them out while Belinda goes on to Bentry's. She is admitted by Severance, the butler, who goes to the library to announce her arrival. She hears a cry from Severance, goes to the library and finds the Butler standing over the dead body of his employer. Belinda picks up a hypodermic needle lying near the body. Inspector Prentice of Homicide, Belinda's father, arrives to take over. He questions Bill, his sister Judith Forester, Jonathan Lowell, the family lawyer...and Severance, who confesses that he is a reformed drunk AND a disbarred lawyer... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

8 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Luta Contra o Crime See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Belinda (Adele Mara) drives a 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible. See more »

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Fast But Annoying
4 December 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Exposed (1947)

** (out of 4)

Yet another cheap and bland "B" picture from Republic. This time out smart alack P.I. Belinda Prentice (Adele Maria) is hired by a rich father to do some snooping on his son who recently moved out of his house. Soon the father is murdered and Belinda must try to work around the family to get clues as well as her inspector father (Robert Armstrong). If you must watch every murder-mystery that was released during this era then I'd recommend this to you but all others should certainly avoid as there's very little to recommend here. I would love to say that the screenplay was horrid and the entire investigation was just poorly written but I wouldn't say that in good faith. The film is so blandly directed that it's hard to really care about the investigation and it's not even fun trying to figure out who the killer was. The movie gets off to a rather silly start as our "hero" is held up only to use her brains to get out of it. The problem is that I didn't believe she was smart for a single second. To make matters worse is that her "catch" is that she has a smart and sassy mouth, which grows very tiresome very quickly. It doesn't help when you're suppose to be rooting for someone yet you can't stand her. To be fair, Maria is pretty good in the role as you can tell she's giving it her all but the screenplay simply makes her character unlikeable. It's always fun seeing Armstrong even if, again, the screenplay doesn't do much for him. The supporting cast includes Lorna Gray, Mark Roberts and cult favorite Bob Steele playing a gangster-like character named Chicago. EXPOSED runs an hour but you'll be running out of patience around the twenty-minute mark and sadly things never really pick up. This isn't a horrible movie by any standards but there's simply no life or energy and in the end there's really no point in watching it.

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