Undercover Agent (1939)

Approved   |    |  Crime, Drama

A railway postal clerk goes after a sweepstakes counterfeiting ring.


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1 June 2018 | boblipton
| Bog Standard Monogram Thriller
The bookie business isn't paying for Ralf Harolde, so he decides to sell phony sweepstakes tickets. Meanwhile, Russell Gleason saves the neighborhood pawnshop owner by shooting the robber with his service revolver. He gets busted for 90 days because he's a trainee Postal Inspector and he's not supposed to be carrying off duty. This disappoints his fiancee, Shirley Grey, who works for the bookies as a hatcheck girl, and her father, who's been peddling the tickets, thinking they're honest, for a 20% commission. He suggests that Russell do the same while he's laid off. Russell checks with his quondam boss and does some undercover sleuthing.

It's a thin and short Monogram second feature, run on speed, charm, and Kerrigan's rat-a-tat blather: not much, but there's a thin layer of justification beneath everything that isn't mentioned in the script -- the Post Office is investigating because the receipts from the phony sweepstakes are supposed to be mailed from France, which makes it mail fraud or something. Director Howard Breatherton gets through the matter as fast and painlessly as possible.

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19 April 1939



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