27 December 2016 | MartinHafer
A typical low-budget B from Republic.
The star of "Passkey to Danger" is Kane Richmond, an actor who made a lot of B-movies as well as movie serials (such as "Spy Smasher"). Because of this, many folks won't recognize him and the same can be said for most of the cast. Considering this is a cheap B (clocking in at only about 57 minutes), none of these casting decisions are unusual. And, as far as the story goes, it's also pretty much what you'd expect from a low budget film of the era.
Richmond plays Tex Hanlon, an advertising man who comes up with an advertising campaign about the Three Strings...and it turns out this churns up interest in an unsolved crime from two decades ago. He has no idea what it's all about...but the baddies all think he knows a lot...and they are willing to do just about anything to get him to talk. Well, it turns out that the String Brothers...crooks who were presumed to have died after a huge hold-up. And, if they are alive, they are worth millions and don't want anyone digging into the case.
Like many Bs, this one features some uneven acting, a bad accent and plot holes. As a result, it's mildly interesting but not much more. If you love Bs, by all means watch it. If you don't, this one won't change your mind!