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Phantom Raiders (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 June 1940 (USA)
An insurance company tasks Carter and Beeswax to Panama as cargo ships are mysteriously exploding and sending their valuable cargoes to the bottom with all hands.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

William R. Lipman (screen play), Jonathan Latimer (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Walter Pidgeon ... Nick Carter
Donald Meek ... Bartholomew
Joseph Schildkraut ... Al Taurez
Florence Rice ... Cora Barnes
Nat Pendleton ... 'Gunboat' Jacklin
John Carroll ... John Ramsell, Jr
Steffi Duna ... Dolores
Cecil Kellaway ... Franklin Morris
Matthew Boulton ... John Ramsell, Sr (as Mathew Boulton)
Alec Craig ... Andy MacMillan
Thomas W. Ross ... Dr. Grisson (as Thomas Ross)
Dwight Frye ... Eddie Anders
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Storyline

A mysterious rash of cargo ship sinkings in Panama leads insurers Llewellyns of London to hire vacationer Nick Carter and his eccentric associate Bartholomew to investigate. Nick recognizes influential nightclub owner Al Taurez as a shady operator, but getting the goods on him depends on slick diversions involving the heavyweight champ of the Pacific Tuna Fleet, a Panamanian bombshell armed with American slang, a young couple in love and a whole raft of crooks and cutthroats. Written by Sister Grimm <srgrimm@teleport.com>

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Taglines:

A New NICK CARTER Adventure

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nick Carter in Panama See more »

Filming Locations:

Canal Zone, Panama See more »

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Budget:

$217,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $5,000 retainer check from the insurance company would equate to about $91,000 in 2019. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film a bet is made in pesos. The monetary unit in Panama is the Balboa, not the peso. See more »

Quotes

Bartholomew: [as Nick comes out the door] This note was waiting for you at the hotel.
Nick Carter: [Reading the note] 'Please meet me in my office at seven o'clock... Franklin Morris.' Wonder what Morris could want with me?
Bartholomew: Mysterious... it's several hours to seven o'clock.
Nick Carter: Oh, but so much to be done.
Bartholomew: Yes... yes.
Nick Carter: Let's see...
Bartholomew: Let's see.
Nick Carter: Where do we begin?
Bartholomew: Ah... where?
Nick Carter: I've got it!
[...]
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Movie Middlings
14 December 2012 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

The second of three Nick Carter movies (all are middling and forgettable) again directed by the talented B-Movie auteur. This series is an MGM production and includes many talented character actors and all three films have a "going to war" prelude plot.

The velvet voiced, skirt chasing screen adaptation of the Pulp Detective is so whimsical and heavily propagandized that it serves its heavy message with a lot of sugar and very little else. It is all done in a professional A-Studio way and has a minimum of entertainment value and a maximum of hokum. This was also the most studio-bound of the three with every scene obviously on the back-lot.

There are three recurring themes in these justly forgotten relics. Carter's lechery, sidekick, and his fight against the impending American involvement in WWII. It does have an attraction as to the movie machine and its value at shaping public opinion, as an icon of 1939-40 silly sensibilities and what was accepted as good family fun with a not so subtle message of Nationalism.


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