Bunco Squad (1950)

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A detective goes after a ring of phony "mediums" who are trying to swindle a rich widow out of her fortune.


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  • Ricardo Cortez in Bunco Squad (1950)
  • Ricardo Cortez and John Kellogg in Bunco Squad (1950)
  • Joan Dixon, Douglas Fowley, and Robert Sterling in Bunco Squad (1950)
  • Ricardo Cortez in Bunco Squad (1950)
  • Dante, Joan Dixon, Douglas Fowley, and Robert Sterling in Bunco Squad (1950)
  • Ricardo Cortez, Bernadene Hayes, and Vivien Oakland in Bunco Squad (1950)

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Director:

Herbert I. Leeds

Writers:

Reginald Taviner (novel), George Callahan (screenplay)

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16 July 2009 | dougdoepke
Fast and Efficient
You've got to hand it to post-war RKO-- they really knew how to turn out fast, efficient little crime dramas. Nothing special here, except a good look at LA locations circa 1950 and Detroit's all-time ugliest car—the "inverted bathtub" Nash sedan. Ricardo Cortez makes an excellent smoothie conning gullible women out of their fortunes. However, the phony medium set-up comes across as something of a stretch, but does lend needed atmosphere. Also, having cutie Joan Dixon play an actress allows for some clever "movie within a movie" set-ups; at the same time, the very last line sounds like an inspiration of the moment that was allowed to stand. Note too that usual bad guy Doug Fowley gets to work the other side of the law, and in a crime drama, no less. Still and all, I wish the screenplay had gotten more imaginative by using tricks from magician Dante to foil the crooks, instead of two guys in black beating up a crook in the dark, which may make an interesting visual effect, but makes no plot sense. Anyhow it's a good, fast hour of programming that shows again how well RKO could fill up a double-bill at the local theatre.

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