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The title refers to the government's plan at the time for putting an end to a lucrative racket, kidnapping. When Hudson and Norris enter a country house to get out of the rain it turns out to be a kidnapper hideout.Written by
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Where others here have described the action, story and actors, I thought I would present a different aspect of the film.
It is hard to determine why some films are well known and others are relegated to the background of the history of film. This film, though certainly not a masterpiece in any sense, however does demonstrate that a good writer can elevate, what might be thought of as a tired trope, into a solid, suspenseful and even intriguing product.
The script does not wallow in trite dialogue or overused witticisms. Certainly the arch-types of this film and it's era lends itself to worn out dialogue. Each character is well drawn out and there isn't one situation which one could say was unbelievable or implausible.
So many of these movies from the early 30s suffer from the expected "clunkiness" of the many new era film with sound. The graininess often helps the inexpensively wrought production values, here also in the sometimes mildly scratchy sound.
Yet, this movie presents us with a good mix between sets and actual locations which makes the overall product believable. There is charm but it is not overly exaggerated nor made for an artistic point.
I recommend this film for it's solid story, production values and strong performances by all.
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