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Postal Inspector

Starring: Bela Lugosi Director: Otto Brower
Bela Lugosi stars as Benez, a nefarious nightclub owner who plots a mail heist. This "lost" Universal picture has been re-constructed from various sources.
Postal Inspector
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1936
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case

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Description by OLDIES.com:

A beautiful, charming nightclub singer, Connie Larrimore, becomes caught up in a sinister plot to steal a $3 million fortune when she appears at The Golden Eagle Club. The nightclub is owned by Gregory Benez, an unscrupulous man who has hired Connie to sing. Government Postal Inspector Bill Davis has a watchful eye on the corrupt Benez and becomes suspicious of Connie's connection to him. When a mail shipment of millions in cash is stolen by Benez and his gang during an unexpected flood, the inspector suspects Connie had a hand in it. The singer must confront Benez to prove her innocence, but the scheming criminal has no intentions of letting himself be caught.

Postal Inspector was Bela Lugosi's last film on his original Universal contract that began with his role in Dracula. Ironically, the actor was displaced from Universal's Dracula sequel (Dracula's Daughter) the same year, but given the role of Benez in this film, an unusual musical drama. Although Lugosi plays the corrupt nightclub owner with the look of the vampire Count, it's really a rare opportunity to see the actor in a dramatic role outside the confines of the horror genre. Actor Ricardo Cortez also appeared with Lugosi's partner in horror, Boris Karloff, in The Walking Dead (1936). Hattie McDaniel (Mammy in Gone With The Wind) rolls her eyes in a supporting role. Universal used real stock footage of a devastating flood that took place in the Northeast U.S. for the scenes of destruction that punctuate the fast-paced film's second half.

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A crook plots to steal a million dollars in postal money.

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Thieves | Vintage
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Customer Rating: Rating 3.5
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Rating 2.0 Unusual Movie Lover: from MIDDLE VILLAGE, NY US -- April, 18, 2011

This film isn't quite sure what it was supposed to be. Crime, disaster, musical, slighlty humorous at times: they all fit. The Alpha vido was copied from a poor original so that some sections almost seem to be viewed through water. But it does have Bela Lugosi and, although he doesen't have that much screen time, he's always fun to watch.


Rating 5.0 A Detective--Disaster--Brother--Musical! Movie Lover: from Springfield, OH US -- August, 5, 2005

A truly strange little film, combining more story elements in 58 minutes than most Hollywood "blockbusters" can come up with in two and a half hours! This film is highly entertaining, one of the best I've seen with Ricardo Cortez. And yes, it does have several musical numbers, including one in a storm-ravaged airplane and one done over the telephone. Alpha Video notes that this has been reconstructed and sadly, it does show. Most of the DVD comes from a very nice albeit scratchy 35mm, but certain sections had to be inserted from one of the WORST 16mm prints I have ever seen. I am so glad they made this available as it is a fun little programmer and a chance to see Lugosi without his fangs--but still nefarious!


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  • Sales Rank: 326
  • UPC: 089218455499
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