A cop gets killed when he runs into some gangster Marty Clark heisting a warehouse. This is a film noir, gumshoe gangster movie of the cheapest variety and it kind of rambles a bit. It’s still a fair movie and a pretty good example of the film noir genre.
This was Sidney Toler’s final film and his final one as Charlie Chan. Striken with cancer during his last few films, he was so physically weak during filming that he could hardly walk or say his lines coherently.
While on his way to Australia on an unrelated case, Charlie Chan investigates two murders involving “hot money” that occur aboard ship.
Dick Tracy made four feature films at Radio Pictures. Dick Tracy (this film) was followed by Dick Tracy vs. Cueball in 1946, both with Morgan Conway as Tracy. Ralph Byrd returned for the last two features, both released in 1947: Dick Tracy’s Dilemma and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome. Gruesome is probably the best known of the four, with the villain portrayed by Boris Karloff.
Johnnie Bradfield (John Garfield) is a boxer falsely accused of murder. He disappeared and is presumed dead. The only witnesses who could have exonerated him were his manager and girlfriend, both of whom have died in an automobile accident.
This is a really low budget crime film with Walter Matthau. It makes me think it would have been a lot more entertaining if it had a budget. Still, it is Walter Matthau and he does get in some funny lines.
One of several film adaptations of Agatha Christie’s best-sellingmystery novel And Then There Were None concerning several people summoned to an island retreat by a mysterious stranger, only to meet their ends one by one.