The Last Express (1938)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 28 October 1938 (USA)
Underworld boss Frank Hoefle has evidence against him stolen, by his henchman Pinky, from the office of District Attorney Meredith, but is then stolen from Pinky, and the thief demands a ... See full summary »

Director:

Otis Garrett

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay), Baynard Kendrick (from the novel "The Last Express" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kent Taylor ... Duncan MacLain
Dorothea Kent ... Amy Arden
Greta Granstedt ... Gladys Hewitt
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Spud Savage
Paul Hurst ... Asst. Dist. Atty. Springer
J. Farrell MacDonald ... William Barton
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Trilby
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Shane
Edward Raquello ... Paul Zarinka
Robert Emmett Keane ... Howard Hewitt
Charles Trowbridge ... District Attorney Meredith
Addison Richards ... Frank Hoefle
Henry Brandon ... Henchman Pinky
Al Hill ... Marshal
John 'Skins' Miller John 'Skins' Miller ... Eddie Miller (as John Miller)
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Underworld boss Frank Hoefle has evidence against him stolen, by his henchman Pinky, from the office of District Attorney Meredith, but is then stolen from Pinky, and the thief demands a ransom of $300,000 dollars for its return to Hoefle. The latter hires private detective Duncan MacLain and "Spud" Savage to follow the ransom-note demands and leave the money in a subway-station locker. Later, Eddie Miller, a pickpocket, lifts the locker key and MacLain follows him to an apartment house and overpowers Miller but not before he has sent the locker key up a dumb-waiter shaft. MacLain climbs up the shaft and finds Amy Arden with special prosecutor Paul Zarinka. He is knocked unconscious, and when he revives, Spud and Hoefle are there. Hoefle tells them to retrieve the evidence, "or else." Since he has a hard time telling the good guys from the bad guys, MacLain has a big job ahead of him. But he gets lucky and finds a 1914 newspaper story that explains all. (Most of the plot and much of ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To teleftaio traino See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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5th entry in Universal's Crime Club Productions series. See more »

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Remade as Gang Busters (1942) See more »

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