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Panama Patrol

Starring: Leon Ames & Don 'Red' Barry Director: Charles Lamont
An undercover government investigator discovers a team of enemy agents plotting to destroy the Panama Canal.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 8 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
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  • Originally Released: 1939
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case

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Major Phillip Waring (Leon Ames) and assistant Helen Lane (Charlotte Wynters) must break the code of an enemy message that threatens the security of the Panama Canal. The pair discovers a treacherous "Oriental" espionage ring behind the communication, whose spies have managed to steal top government secrets.

Phillip orders fellow agent Arlie Johnson (Abner Biberman) to question a shady character who has been suspiciously surveilling government buildings.The stranger is murdered by a unknown gunman and Philip tracks the killer to New York, where he is realizes there is a traitor in their midst. At the same time, the conspirator captures Helen and plans to permanently silence her to prevent further interference with his mission of doom.

Panama Patrol followed The Cipher Bureau (1938), the thriller in which Leon Ames was introduced as Major Phillip Waring. Ames's most famous early role was hero Pierre Dupin in Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). He also appeared in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), Lady in the Lake (1947) and the film noir classic, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

Prolific director Charles Lamont whose career dates back to the silent era, is best remembered for several post-war Ma and Pa Kettle films as well as the last few Abbott and Costello features made at Universal in the 50s.

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Code experts must decipher a mystery in this top-notch 'B' thriller.

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Adventure | Mystery | Thriller | Vintage
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Rating 3.5 The Good Guys Win Again Movie Lover: from Middle Village, NY US -- December, 31, 2008

This is a pretty good movie. Released in 1939 shortly before the start of WWII and 2 years before the US became involved. it tried to avoid naming the enemy spies as anyone but agents from an "Oriental Nation." The cover of this DVD box shows Richard Loo and lists him as one of the stars (second billing on the box cover) but he's in it for a very short time, being knocked off by other bad guys early. It's interesting seeing how Hollywood cracked foreign codes in 1939; it should have been that easy for the government. Not a great movie but enough action and excitement to make it fun to watch.


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  • Sales Rank: 7,834
  • UPC: 089218487292
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