Snappy Janes Dunn sorts out the mystery of missing persons
"The Caribbean Mystery" (1945) is now available on DVD from 20th Century Archives. As a story and production, it is typical second feature and low-budget fare from its era. The level of such movies is reasonably good if you are not too discriminating or if you were a movie-goer at the time, as I was (4-5 years of age) and have such fare in your blood. This is a modest and undistinguished production in which James Dunn plays a New York private eye on a job in Trinidad. Oil geologists and others have gone missing in a treacherous nearby (studio-made) jungle replete with snakes, alligators, and quicksand. The intrepid and quick-witted Dunn also encounters several murders in the hotel he's staying at, including an associate of his. Early on, we learn that Roy Roberts is deep in the jungle on a small isle and he's the head man giving orders to kill intruders. However, the mystery is who is doing the murders back in the hotel and why.
Dunn wades in with a new ally in order to rescue the police chief's daughter, I believe she is. There is danger and some night time adventure and fighting when they get to the isle. The final wrapup is later, though. That involves inviting all the main suspects to a meeting, but Dunn has arranged a trap.
Sheila Ryan's part is limited. Roy Gordon and Reed Hadley boost the supporting cast. Dunn's flippant and intrepid character is the main show.
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