|BANK ALARM (MARKED MONEY) (director: Louis J. Gasnier; screenwriters: story by Cynthia and Lawrence Meade/Phil Dunham/Griffin Jay/David S. Levy; cinematographer: Mack Stengler ; editor: Dan Milner; cast: Conrad Nagel (Alan O'Connor), Eleanor Hunt (Bobbie Reynolds), Vince Barnett (Clarence 'Bulb' Callahan), William Thorne (Inspector J. C. Macy), Frank Milan ( Jerry Turner), Wilma Francis (Kay), Wheeler Oakman (Joe Karlotti), Nat Carr (Yoritz), Pat Gleason (Barney), Charles Delaney (Duke), Phil Dunham (Leon Curtis. Chief Teller), Wilson Benge (Overman, the head bookkeeper), Syd D'Albrook (Grimes, farmer), Henry Roquemore (Sheriff); Runtime: 64; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: George A. Hirliman; Condor Films (Grand National Pictures); 1937)|
no great shakes of a crime drama, it still
makes for passable entertainment."
by Dennis Schwartz
LA has a crime wave of bank robberies. There's also the jailhouse murder of Bug O'Hern, one of the uncaptured gang of bank robbers. Alan O'Connor (Conrad Nagel), an investigator for the Department of Justice, and his assistant, Bobbie Reynolds (Eleanor Hunt), pick up his sister Kay (Wilma Francis) at the main train station. Her new lover is screenwriter Jerry Turner (Frank Milan). When they all go to the Club Karlotti, they are joined by the socially awkward newspaper photographer Bulb (Vince Barnett). He's an old friend of both Alan and Boobie, and injects some needed comic relief. We soon learn that the club owner Joe Karlotti (Wheeler Oakman) is the leader of the bank robber gang, and that Jerry ventured here from back east to rob with another (Pat Gleason) a Nevada government payroll of $40,000.
The G men hunt down the dangerous bank robbers, who are traced to the counterfeit money being spread and all the new corpses littering the streets of Tinseltown.
REVIEWED ON 6/19/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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