Enemy Agent (1940)

US / 61 minutes / bw / Universal Dir: Lew Landers Assoc Pr: Ben Pivar Scr: Sam Robins, Edmund L. Hartmann Story: Sam Robins Cine: Jerome Ash Cast: Richard Cromwell, Helen Vinson, Robert Armstrong, Marjorie Reynolds, Jack Arnold (i.e., Vinton Hayworth), Russell Hicks, Philip Dorn, Jack LaRue, Bradley Page, Abner Biberman, Luis Alberni, Jack Carson, Milburn Stone.

A fast-moving little B-movie that capitalized on the fact that the US was becoming paranoid about fascist conquests of democracy in Europe while at the same time Corporate America, Hollywood included, was nervous about adversely affecting business through upsetting the Nazis. So we’re given no clue here as to who the jackbooted, sauerkraut-scarfing foreign power is that seeks the secrets of the new flying fortress aircraft and its fiendishly accurate bombsight.

Richard Cromwell as Jimmy.

The plans are being worked on at the Fulton Aircraft Co. by draftsman Jimmy Saunders (Cromwell), and he becomes first suspect of the FBI’s Agent Gordon (Armstrong) after their original suspect, Evans (uncredited), is gunned down. We know, however, that the Fulton employee who’s really the spy is Jimmy’s colleague Lester “Les” Taylor (Arnold).

Robert Armstrong as Agent Gordon.

Taylor is working for espionage kingpin Dr. Jeffry (sic) Arnold (Dorn), whose goons Alex (LaRue) and Baronoff (Biberman) were the ones who Continue reading

Flood Tide (1958)

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A psycho kid and a vulnerable mother!

 

US / 82 minutes / bw / Universal–International Dir: Abner Biberman Pr: Robert Arthur Scr: Dorothy Cooper Story: Barry Trivers Cine: Arthur E. Arling Cast: George Nader, Cornell Borchers, Michel Ray, Judson Pratt, Joanna Moore, Charles E. Arnt, Russ Conway, John Morley, John Maxwell, Carl Bensen, Della Malzahn, Hugh Lawrence, Troy Donahue.

Flood Tide - 1 David, a paranoid ball of sociopathic venom

David (Michel Ray), a paranoid ball of sociopathic venom.

Early one morning a man is found drowned at the edge of the sea. Bill Holleran (Conway), who has rented a beachfront property, admits that the dead man, Marty, was at a party he threw last night and that the two men had a fight when a drunk Marty became unduly obnoxious—Bill still has the shiner to prove it—but denies anything else. However, David (Ray), the ten-year-old son of local widow Anne Gordon (Borchers), claims otherwise. He says that, kept awake by the noise of the shindig, he watched from his window as Bill dragged Marty down the beach and into the sea. Thanks to David’s testimony, the next thing Bill knows Continue reading