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X Marks the Spot (1942)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 4 November 1942 (USA)
It's 1942, rubber is a valuable commodity during WW2. Eddie Delaney is a second lieutenant in the army, but also a private detective. Eddy swings into action, when his father, ... See full summary »

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Stuart Palmer (original screenplay), Richard Murphy (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Damian O'Flynn ... Eddie Delaney
Helen Parrish ... Linda Ward
Dick Purcell ... Police Lt. William 'Bill' Decker
Jack La Rue ... Marty Clark
Neil Hamilton ... John J. Underwood
Robert Homans ... Police Sgt. Timothy J. Delaney
Anne Jeffreys ... Lulu
Dick Wessel ... Henchman Dizzy
Esther Muir ... Bonnie Bascomb
Joe Kirk Joe Kirk ... Henchman Jerry (as Joseph Kirk)
Edna Harris Edna Harris ... Billie
Fred Kelsey ... Police Officer Martin
Vince Barnett ... George
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It's 1942, rubber is a valuable commodity during WW2. Eddie Delaney is a second lieutenant in the army, but also a private detective. Eddy swings into action, when his father, police-sergeant Timothy J. Delaney, is gunned down by rubber racketeers. With the help of his brave friend and radio disc jockey Linda Ward and police-lieutenant William 'Bill' Decker, Eddy goes after the racketeers. Eddie, Linda and Bill have during their search to deal with various criminals, like Marty Clark and the unscrupulous businessman and owner of the nightclub 'The Spot', John J. Underwood. Written by Robert

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KING OF A RACKET SO BIG IT PAID OFF IN MURDER! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Action | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Grito da Morte See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Miss Ward puts her left arm around Mr. Delaney to kiss him, she is wearing a wedding ring. See more »

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X This Bomb Right Out!
14 November 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

There is the thrill of low-budget film noir. And there is the frustration of meandering, uninteresting movies made on the cheap. This one falls into the second category.

The Spot is the name of a nightclub. The film is about a policeman whose father has been killed by gangsters. He heads out to track them down.

Maybe it was the bad print. Maybe it's me. But I felt I'd seen this a hundred times, most of those times better than it is here.

It has promise, too: The cop is fascinated with a woman who plays records she introduces over juke boxes. They then meet. Now, though this was made well before I was born, I have seen that kind of juke box. And it is incredibly fascinating: When I was a teenager, I wandered into a bar that still had such a device. I always liked juke boxes, in bars or diners. But this one was different. You talked to it and a sultry sounding female voice talked back to you! That is addressed here but dropped into the general, uninteresting stew.

The movie has one thing going for it: In a small role, it features the very young Anne Jeffreys. What a beauty she was, and doubtless still is!


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