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High Explosive (1943)

Approved | | Action, Drama | 27 March 1943 (USA)
Mike Douglas (Barry Sullivan), owner of a nitroglycerin concern hires his old friend "Buzz" Mitchell (Chester Morris), a race-driver of midget-auto cars who has been banned from racing, to ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank McDonald

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Maxwell Shane (screenplay), Howard J. Green (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Buzz Mitchell
Jean Parker ... Connie Baker
Barry Sullivan ... Mike Douglas
Ralph Sanford ... Squinchy Andrews
Rand Brooks ... Jimmy Baker
Dick Purcell ... Dave
Barbara Lynn Barbara Lynn ... Doris Lynch
Jack Randall ... Joe (as Allan Byron)
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Mike Douglas (Barry Sullivan), owner of a nitroglycerin concern hires his old friend "Buzz" Mitchell (Chester Morris), a race-driver of midget-auto cars who has been banned from racing, to go to work hauling nitro. "Buzz" makes a play for Connie Baker (Jean Parker), Mike's secretary and girlfriend, and also for Doris Lynch (Barbara Lynn), fiancée of Connie's younger brother, Jimmy ('Rand Brooks'), and gets Jimmy to replace him on a dangerous nitro haul and Jimmy, of course, has an accident and gets killed. But "Buzz" finds a way to redeem himself. The hard way. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two TNT Men... and a girl who's dynamite! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1943 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Chester Morris Is Dynamite!
10 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

That's how I imagine the trailers sold this movie. Chester Morris washes out as a car racer, so it's back to trucking nitroglycerin for old pal Barry Sullivan. Morris makes a play for office manager Jean Parker, but Sullivan has the inside track, and she's more concerned about her brother, Rand Brooks, who gets a job trucking nitro for the big bucks.

It's a Pine-Thomas production, so you know that the story has whiskers on it, the stars are very competent but cheap, and the direction is by someone who won't waste film. In this case, the direction is by Frank MacDonald, usually a competent director for Republic Pictures' horse operas, comedies and occasional musicals. Not only does MacDonald not waste film in multiple takes, he's pretty stingy about running time. This comes in at just over an hour, but it moves along at a good clip, just like all the Dollar Bills' productions.


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