When the American Treasure Department finds that a gang in Los Angeles is making false currency, agents Dennis O'Brien and Tony Genaro are assigned to investigate the counterfeit gang using the identities of Vannie Harrigan and Tony Galvani in Detroit. Along their investigation they join the gang of mobsters trying to discover who the boss behind the scheme is.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The ship that "the boss" is on is the Don Anselmo (as seen on the bow). It was launched in 1945 as the MV Reeving Eye, a C1-M-AV1 type cargo ship for the U.S. Maritime Commisson for use in WWII. In 1946 it was sold to a private company and was Panamanian-flagged. After being sold and renamed a couple more times, it collided with a Ecuadorian naval patrol boat on August 30, 1971 and sank with the loss of 13 lives. See more »
In the ship, Brownie leans against the door, near the hinges. The camera changes angle and he is suddenly leaning on the handle side of the door. See more »
Elmer Lincoln Irey:
These are the six fingers of the Treasury Department fist. And that fist hits fair, but hard.
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This undercover-secret-service-agents-infiltrate-counterfeiting-ring film is heavily dependent on exceptionally fine noir lighting and camera work under the direction of Albert Mann which help to maintain a high degree of tension, notwithstanding its pseudo-documentary format (complete with voice-over narrator) and somewhat stilted acting. Wallace Ford is positively slimy in the supporting role of Schemer, a hood-fallen-in-influence.
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