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State Police (1938)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 18 March 1938 (USA)
The state police try to break up racketeering in a coal mining town.


John Rawlins


George Waggner (original story and screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
John 'Dusty' King ... Sgt. Dan Prescott (as John King)
William Lundigan ... Pvt. Smith / Bill Clarke
Constance Moore ... Helen Evans
Larry J. Blake ... Trigger Magee (as Larry Blake)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Charlie Wheeler (Mine Owner)
David Oliver ... Cpl. Duffy
Ted Osborne Ted Osborne ... Jack Evans (as Ted Osborn)
Pierre Watkin ... Col. C.B. Clarke
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Hughes
Charles C. Wilson ... Capt. Halstead (as Charles Wilson)
Eddy Waller ... Const. Higgins
Sam Flint ... Deputy Joe Palmer


When his son is expelled from college, Colonel Clarke, head of the State Police, assigns him to the patrol of Sergeant Dan Prescott as Private Smith. "Smith" disobeys Dan's order and makes a play for his girl Helen Evans. During a shutdown of unprofitable coal mines at Minersburg, the gang of racketeer "Trigger" Magee levies tribute on the miners who are mining coal for their own use. Magee kills Albert Morgan for opposing him, and Dan gets order to arrest Magee and clean up the situation. "Smith" quits the force and becomes involved with the gangsters headquartered at "The Oaks," a notorious resort ran by Helen's brother Jack. The latter double-crosses Magee and is killed by him. Magee is arrested, escapes and makes "Smith" a prisoner and beats him unconscious for refusing to phone his father to call off the police hunt. Miners, led by Joe Palmer and Charlie, organize to clean out the gangsters while Dan's troopers are also closing in. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

18 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventureiro Arrependido See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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