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Bunco Squad (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1 September 1950 (USA)
A detective goes after a ring of phony "mediums" who are trying to swindle a rich widow out of her fortune.

Director:

Herbert I. Leeds (as Herbert Leeds)

Writers:

Reginald Taviner (novel), George Callahan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Sterling ... Det. Sgt. Steve Johnson
Joan Dixon ... Grace Bradshaw
Ricardo Cortez ... Tony Weldon - aka Anthony Wells
Douglas Fowley ... Det. Sgt. Mack McManus
Elisabeth Risdon ... Jessica Royce
Marguerite Churchill ... Barbara Madison
John Kellogg ... Fred Reed
Bernadene Hayes ... Princess Liane
Robert Bice ... Drake - aka The Swami
Vivien Oakland ... Annie Cobb
Dante ... Dante the Magician
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathleen Ellis Kathleen Ellis ... Julie (unconfirmed)
Jewel Rose Jewel Rose ... Young Widow (unconfirmed)
Cecil Weston Cecil Weston ... Susan (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Told in semi-documentary style, this film deals with a little-known section of the Los Angeles Police Department which is assigned solely to checking on the activities of fortune tellers, swamis, palmists, and other occult societies, missing only Sciencetology. The primary story has L.A. police detectives Steve Johnson and 'Mack' McManus tracking down a wave of suicides they think have been influenced by a swindler-murderer Anthony Wells. The latter runs a pretentious house staffed with occultists across the board, and is trying to embezzle from Jessica Royle, a wealthy widow whose son was killed in action in World War II. Johnson uses his fiancée/actress, Grace Bradshaw, as an undercover operative to get inside information. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

"Cult" Crooks Exposed!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mensaje de otro mundo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dante lent the studio $50,000 worth of his magic equipment. See more »

Goofs

Tony Weldon (Ricardo Cortez) attempts to escape in a 1949 Packard, but when it crashes, stock footage of a much older (early 1930s) model is used. See more »

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Opening credits are shown over a background image of a zodiac chart. See more »

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Another routine crime b-film
6 May 2006 | by vandino1See all my reviews

Dull lead Robert Sterling plays the dully named detective "Steve Johnson." He's in the title squad investigating a phony medium racket lead by Cortez, who is trying to bilk a believing widow out of her fortune. Dixon is actress fiancé of Johnson enlisted to act as a medium to help trap the phonies. Lots of brakelines get cut in this film (three times!) to try and kill off Johnson and others. Chase finale features the cliché car-crashing-over-the-cliff, but the stock footage of the crash features a totally different car from the one the villain drives. A short film, but routine and flat. It looks like something out of a fifties TV cop drama. The cast tries but is defeated by a script that gives them little characterization.


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