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Insurance Investigator (1951)

When a businessman who has had a double indemnity policy taken out on him dies mysteriously, his insurance company sends an undercover investigator to town to determine exactly what happened.

Director:

George Blair

Writers:

Gertrude Walker (story), Beth Brown (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Richard Denning ... Tom Davison
Audrey Long ... Nancy Sullivan
John Eldredge ... John Hammond
Hillary Brooke ... Addie Wilson
Reed Hadley ... Chuck Malone
Jonathan Hale ... Russell James
Roy Barcroft ... Duke Wallace
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Jimmy Marshall
William Tannen ... 1st Hood
Phillip Pine ... 2nd Hood
Crane Whitley Crane Whitley ... Chief Meyers
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Miss Pringle
Patricia Knox ... Hat Check Girl
M'liss McClure M'liss McClure ... Cigarette Girl
Maurice Samuels Maurice Samuels ... Tony
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John Hammond's partner, George Sullivan, dies in an apparently accidental death, with Hammond the beneficiary of his double-indemnity insurance policy. Since this is the fourth double-indemnity death in the Sam Marlo, California vicinity in recent months, the company assigns investigator Tom Davison to the case. The partner's daughter, Nancy Sullivan, cooperates with Davison in the investigation, and Davison joins Hammond's business as a salesman. Davison is closing in on the gang, led by Chuck Malone, when the gamblers behind the racket kill Hammond, making it appear as a suicide to protect themselves. Davison gets conclusive evidence against the gang when they kill another man for his insurance, but the mob kidnaps Davison. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente de Seguros See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Routine Republic programmer elevated by Denning and Long
11 August 2019 | by soren-71259See all my reviews

Richard Denning and Audrey Long are 2 of the most underrated actors and why neither became super famous is a mystery to me. Denning had a long career and his low-key but highly effective acting talents have elevated many a B film to watchability. Audrey Long was elegant, beautiful and talented and the chemistry between the 2 stars in this one is wonderful. The plot is nothing special but has a few twists and turns and bad girl Hillary Brooke is around to stir things up for a while. It builds to an edge of the seat climax which is great fun to watch and parts of it are even rather nasty for 1951. The ending has some wildly crazy implausibilities which include the fact that nobody ducks even where their car is being shot at right through the windshield and the police in dealing with a group of thugs and gangsters seem to be limited to one car and very few men (is the movie that low budget?) but never mind-- it's been so much to watch and this one is a real sleeper. Too bad they couldn't have come up with a better title. I had the pleasure of having dinner with the great director and editor Robert Wise and his charming wife some years ago when he was "only" 84 and I told him that I thought my favorite actress of all he directed in his many many films was Audrey Long and he looked really startled and said "but she was only some contract player". I was so disappointed to hear that because her work when seen now positively shines. She had a fabulous life and lifestyle, traveling all over the world as the 4th and enduring wife of Leslie Charteris who created The Saint and was an internationally known gourmet and high liver. She must have had a ball living that fine life but too bad she didn't get to be as famous as she deserves, along with so many of the fine fine actresses we get to watch in the old movies: Ann Dvorak, Irene Hervey, Joan Marsh, Joan Woodbury and Wanda McKay and so many more forgotten ladies but for us diehards. Watch this movie if you like good old fashioned adventure and crime films and I'll bet you will like it!!


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