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The Devil's Henchman (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 15 September 1949 (USA)
Insurance agent Jesse Arno is posing as a sailor while on the trail of a gang of waterfront thieves, supposedly headed by Tip Banning. Arno is aware that a gang member has been murdered by ... See full summary »

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Seymour Friedman

Writer:

Eric Taylor
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Cast

Cast overview:
Warner Baxter ... Jess Arno
Mary Beth Hughes ... Silky
Mike Mazurki ... Rhino
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Connie
Regis Toomey ... Tip Banning
Harry Shannon ... Captain
James Flavin ... Police Sergeant Briggs
Julian Rivero ... Organ Grinder
Ken Christy Ken Christy ... Police Detective Whalen
William Forrest ... Anderson
Al Bridge ... Elmer Hood
Paul Marion Paul Marion ... Bill Falls
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Insurance agent Jesse Arno is posing as a sailor while on the trail of a gang of waterfront thieves, supposedly headed by Tip Banning. Arno is aware that a gang member has been murdered by Rhino, Banning's simple-minded right-hand man, but says nothing when he is questioned by the police, who are unaware of his real profession. Banning, knowing that Jesse knew who the killer was, admits him into the gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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PORT OF THIEVES...NO-MAN'S-LAND OF CRIME! (original poster-all caps)

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Capangas do Diabo See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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B Crime Drama
23 January 2017 | by magicshadows-90098See all my reviews

Warner Baxter is one of my personal favourites. I grew up watching his Crime Doctor films on late night TV. Here, Baxter plays a waterfront derelict who survives by scrounging and stealing. He sells his goods to Banning (Regis Toomey), who owns a second hand shop on the docks. Baxter meets the simple but frightening Rhino (Mike Mazurki) shortly after stumbling upon a murdered sailor.

It is revealed that Baxter is not a derelict but a detective investigating theft from cargo ships. Baxter proves that a shipment of furs were tampered with. He believes he knows how the thefts were accomplished but he wants to infiltrate the gang and catch the crooks in the act. Sure enough, Toomey and Mazurki are gang members, but who is the brain behind the robberies?

Mary Beth Hughes is billed second but has little to do as one of Toomey's partners. Peggy Converse has a meaty role as the owner of a waterfront bar. She seems to be very bright and she's very aware of all of the waterfront activities. One of the neat little angles of the movie has Baxter pass information on to his partner via a organ grinder's monkey. The film is of the standard of Baxter's Crime Doctor films, pleasing but not spectacular.


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