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Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)

Detective Nick Carter is brought in to foil spies at the Radex Airplane Factory, where a new fighter plane is under manufacture.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Bertram Millhauser (screen play), Bertram Millhauser (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Pidgeon ... Nick Carter / Robert Chalmers
Rita Johnson ... Lou Farnsby
Henry Hull ... John A. Keller
Stanley Ridges ... Doctor Frankton (as Stanley C. Ridges)
Donald Meek ... Bartholomew
Addison Richards ... Hiram Streeter
Henry Victor ... J. Lester Hammil
Milburn Stone ... Dave Krebs
Martin Kosleck ... Otto King
Frank Faylen ... Pete
Sterling Holloway ... Bee-Catcher
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... Cliff Parsons
Edgar Dearing ... Denny
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Storyline

Famed New York detective Nick Carter arrives incognito at a California airplane factory at the behest of owner Hiram Streeter. Despite seemingly thorough precautions, a gang of saboteurs and shadowy foreign agents are able to smuggle out the secret blueprints for innovative new planes and sabotage prototypes during testing. With the aid of eccentric detective Bartholomew and spunky nurse and female pilot Lou Farnsby, Carter is able to expose the fifth columnists as well as the traitors that are helping them. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nick Carter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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With this speech, Nick Carter derides three of his contemporary movie detectives: Nick Charles, Charlie CHan, and Sherlock Holmes: "Look, I'm not a storybook detective with, uh, a highball glass in one hand (Nick Charles) and, uh, a Chinese proverb (Charlie CHan) in another, nor can I tell you from the ashes of a man's cigar (Sherlock Holmes) that he, uh, had kippered herring for breakfast and hit his grandmother over the head with an ax. See more »

Quotes

Hiram Streeter: Sounds like a wild theory to me.
Nick Carter: Well, it isn't a theory because I don't deal in theories. Look, I'm not a storybook detective with, uh, a highball glass in one hand and, uh, a Chinese proverb in another, nor can I tell you from the ashes of a man's cigar that he, uh, had kippered herring for breakfast and hit his grandmother over the head with an axe. I'm just a New York flatfoot, the product of the McGonigle School.
Hiram Streeter: What's that?
Nick Carter: Oh, old Patrick McGonigle, he was an Irish cop when I broke into...
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Entertaining programmer is fast moving detective yarn...
12 November 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Walter Pidgeon is cast as detective Nick Carter, whose mission is to find out who is behind plans to steal blueprints for the enemy in this pre-WWII yarn. Rita Johnson is teamed nicely as leading lady. Her presence is so welcome that it's a wonder she never had a bigger career on screen.

With a supporting cast that includes Frank Faylen, Henry Hull, Donald Meek and Stanley Ridges, it's a neat programmer that crams a lot of plot into a one hour time slot. The only sore spot is Donald Meek in his bumbling role as a bee-keeper who aids Carter. Usually a very reliable character actor, this time his role is so unlikeable, unlikely and annoying that it's more of a distraction than a help. Whatever humor is supposed to be gathered by his involvement in the plot, never quite makes its mark.

But in its brief running time, this one passes the time pleasantly enough with the handsome Pidgeon marking his time at MGM before he became a big star.


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