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'C'-Man (1949)

A Treasury Department agent is murdered. His best friend, a fellow agent, investigates and stumbles into a scheme involving smuggling and murder.


Joseph Lerner


Berne Giler (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Dean Jagger ... Cliff Holden - alias William Harrah
John Carradine ... Doc Spencer
Harry Landers ... Owney Shor
Lottie Elwen Lottie Elwen ... Kathe van Bourne
Rene Paul Rene Paul ... Matty Royal
Walter Vaughn Walter Vaughn ... Customs Inspector Brandon (as Walter Vaughan)
Adelaide Klein Adelaide Klein ... Minnie Hoffman
Edith Atwater ... Lydia Brundage


When U.S. Customs Department Agent Cliff Holden's boss is murdered by jewel thieves he's assigned to the case.Holden vows to apprehend the killers and to destroy the jewel smuggling ring.For this purpose he boards a flight to Europe in order to shadow the main suspect,Matty Royal.On the return flight to America, Holden meets war-bride Kathe van Bourne who's traveling to the US to meet her American fiancé.Coincidentally,she is wearing a priceless necklace.But Miss van Bourne falls ill on the plane and she is greeted by a mysterious ambulance at the airport.The ambulance whisks her away giving Agent Cliff Holden reason to suspect that his case somehow is connected to Miss van Bourne's necklace and sudden airplane illness.Holden decides to follow this trail. Written by nufs68

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Homicidal smugglers in the big city !


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The C that stands for Customs
5 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Dean Jagger who the following year would get the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Twelve O'Clock High was still sporting a toupee when he did this small independent noir film playing a US Customs Agent. Jagger is put on a case to find the killer of a fellow agent and friend. And as we know from The Maltese Falcon when a partner gets killed you're supposed to do something about it.

There's a gang that's smuggling expensive jewelry into the USA and using innocent women not in on the scam. In this case it's Lottie Elwen from the Netherlands. It's an interesting gimmick which I'll let you find out for yourself.

The film was shot entirely in New York on location and it has the same look and feel as The Naked City does. Harry Landers who later was on Ben Casey as a doctor is great as the gang's muscle. I wish we saw more of John Carradine as a disgraced doctor who is part of the smuggling scheme.

Best of all is Edith Atwater who later would play matronly and mother figures. Here she's one evil dame.

This one's a sleeper check it out.

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Release Date:

27 May 1949 (USA) See more »

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Agentul-'C' See more »

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Laurel Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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