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Young Dynamite (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 15 December 1937 (USA)
A young, newly-appointed rookie state trooper, John Shields, is celebrating with his sister Jane, his younger brother Freddie and Tom Marlin, Jane's fiancé and also a trooper, when they ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

Peter B. Kyne (story "The New Freedom"), George Arthur Durlam (adaptation) (as Arthur Duriam) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Frankie Darro ... Freddie Shields
Kane Richmond ... Tom Marlin
Charlotte Henry ... Jane Shields
Willy Castello ... Flash Slavin (as William Castello)
David Sharpe ... John Shields
Carleton Young ... Spike Dolan
Pat Gleason Pat Gleason ... Joseph 'Butch' Barker
Frank Austin ... Endenberry / Doc Clark
Frank Sarasino Frank Sarasino ... Tony - the Peddler / Rankin - U.S. Secret Service
Earl Dwire ... Finnegan
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A young, newly-appointed rookie state trooper, John Shields, is celebrating with his sister Jane, his younger brother Freddie and Tom Marlin, Jane's fiancé and also a trooper, when they hear over the radio that two bandits have just killed a lawyer and his watchman. John and Tom set out in their patrol cars in hopes of capturing the killers, followed by Freddie who hopes some day to qualify as a trooper. Freddie encounters the two two bandits, Spike Doland and Butch and manages to get away with the bag of gold they had stolen. While chasing Freddie they are recognized by John who they kill when he tries to arrest them. Freddie then takes matters into his own hands in seeking to capture the killers of his brother. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Saturday 9 October 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), and in Philadelphia Tuesday 27 December 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10). See more »

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Chips Ahoy
6 February 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Frankie Darro stars in this poverty row feature about a young man who lives with his brother David Sharpe a California State Trooper, Sharpe's wife Charlotte Henry and another trooper Kane Richmond. There's also another boarder Frank Austin a cranky old dude in a wheelchair.

The Chips are out for someone selling illegal gold. This was a timely topic as FDR had just taken the USA off the gold standard and it was illegal to possess it in quantity.

Darro along with his brother answer a call of a robbery and the brother is killed and Darro narrowly escaping with stolen gold. Darro and Richmond are after the thieves and the murderer of Sharpe.

The direction is pedestrian, the plot is just silly and the coincidences too much to believe. Not to mention the editing is positively out of whack.

Where are Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox when we need them?


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