30 July 2016 | MartinHafer
Probably a lot better before the film got hacked to pieces...
My review is for the shortened version of this film. Apparently, to fit the movie into a TV time slot, some bozo decided to simply drop two of the reels entirely...none the supposedly wiser! Well, this made the film a bit confusing and I STRONGLY recommend you try to find the full film!
Dennis O'Keefe plays radio personality Mike Jason. As a publicity stunt, he decides to offer a reward to anyone who can uncover where Jimmy Valentine is currently. It seems that long, long ago, Valentine was a master criminal and after his release from prison, he's simply dropped off the face of the Earth. His trail leads to a small town where a lot of folks would just as soon have him drop the matter. But when someone is murdered, Mike realizes that Valentine and his old associates MIGHT be to blame!
This is a very good film...at least what I saw of it. In fact, the ending was terrific and I would expect the film would earn a 7 or even 8 if the beginning wasn't a complete mess. Of course, you cannot blame the filmmakers...it's not their fault some idiots later hacked the film apart. Still worth seeing...but it does make me wish I knew where the other version can be seen--it's about 20 minutes longer.