Missing Evidence (1939)

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A Government agent finds romance while investigating a fraudulent sweepstakes racket.


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8 February 2021 | MartinHafer
| Proof that not all B-movies are bad...in fact, this one's awfully good.
"Missing Evidence" is ample proof that the term 'B-movie' is not synonymous with 'bad or cheap'. Somehow there's been the assumption over the years that Bs are crappy films, but this one sure isn't! It's tense, well written and the production, over all, is awfully good.

The story is about a crime that seems pretty mundane...sweepstakes tickets. While the film makes it clear that back in 1939 it was illegal to sell them (such as the famous Irish Sweepstakes tickets), the real problem is that so many of these illegally sold tickets in the States are actually counterfeit...and agent Bill Collins (Preston Foster) is out to infiltrate the gang selling them. His partner in this is highly unlikely...a woman who herself has been selling these phony tickets (Irene Hervey)!

While this plot doesn't sound all that exciting, the film really did a great job of providing tension and suspense. Running at only a little over an hour, it clearly is a B-movie....but one better than many A pictures of the day.

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