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Motor Patrol (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 12 May 1950 (USA)
A police officer masquerades as a criminal to get information on a gang of car thieves.

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

Maurice Tombragel (story), Maurice Tombragel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Don Castle ... Officer Ken Foster
Jane Nigh ... Connie Taylor
Reed Hadley ... Detective Robert Flynn
William Henry ... Officer Larry Collins (as Bill Henry)
Gwen O'Connor ... Jean Colins
Sid Melton ... Omar Shelley
Richard Travis ... Detective Bill Hartley (as Dick Travis)
Frank Jenks ... Mac
Lou Fuller Lou Fuller ... Officer Tom Morgan (as Lucio Fulci)
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Russ Garver
Onslow Stevens ... Lt. Dearborn
Charles Wagenheim ... Bud Haynes
Frank Jaquet ... George Miller
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Storyline

A story of the motorcycle cops of the traffic-division of the Los Angeles Police Department. Ken Foster, a trainee, is engaged to the sister, Jean Collins, of motorcycle policeman Larry Collins, who is taking part in the investigation of a hit-and-run killing the police believe was a deliberate murder. Sighting a stolen car used in the killing, Larry pursues it and is killed by the driver. Ken is taken from the training academy and given the assignment of impersonating a known auto-thief, now in police custody, in the hopes he will be accepted by the hot-car ring working the city. He gets close before his identity is discovered and he is confronted at gunpoint by the gang-leader. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Signals Changed to CRIME When a Terror Gang Hit the Road... See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Passed | See all certifications »

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It violates the 'Sid Melton rule'
6 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is about some motorcycle policemen. They discover a body by the side of the road and it's puzzling. It looks like a hit & run victim, but there is no apparent evidence. So it looks like a tough job for the cops. It gets even tougher for the cops when one is killed by a suspect driving a stolen car! Apparently, a hot car ring has something to do with BOTH these killings. So it calls for a little undercover work...very dangerous undercover work.

This is a low-budget film, though despite its low pedigree, the acting is competent and the story worth seeing. While it is not a must-see, it fits the bill when you are looking for a decent 1950s cop drama. It's told in a no-nonsense fashion and has enough twists and turns to keep your attention. All this actually surprised me, as this is the first movie I have seen that violates the 'Sid Melton rule'. In other words, every low-budget film I've seen up until now that had this cheesy actor in it turned out to be terrible. However, despite his being in the film, it's actually quite watchable!

By the way....towards the end of the film, watch the guy on the motorcycle. How in the heck did he keep his hat on during this high speed chase?!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Highway Patrol See more »

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Production Co:

Lippert Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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