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The Spy Ring

The Spy Ring(1938)

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Brief Synopsis

The absence of stagecoaches and covered wagons didn't keep director Joseph H. "Wagon Wheel" Lewis from employing his usual camera set-ups of shooting scenes from behind and through various props and fixtures, and the inclusion of a polo game enabled him to get his usual "hitching post" shot, in addition to shooting over and through automobile hood ornaments, champange bottles, baloons and mirror reflections. The soure that dubbed this one in the "musical" genre obviously never saw the film, as there are no songs and only a rinky-dink piece of music used at the Officer's Club dance. This one is about a gang of independent spys after a cigar-shaped device that guarantees accuracy on artillery and large weapons. The spys are headed by Paul Douglas (LeRoy Mason), Jean Bruce (Esther Ralston billed as Jane Carleton) and Frank Denton (Leon Ames), while Captain Todd Hayden (William Hall, in one of his rare starring roles and actually solo- billed above the title) is the protector of the device, and in love with the Colonel's daughter, Elaine Burdette (Jane Wyman, at the peak of her cute, bubbly and pouty stage.) Most of the action is placed at the Presido in Montery and most of it revolves around the outcome of a polo match between the Cavalry team and a civilian team called "The Rainbows", which star player Hayden has to throw in order to catch the spys.

Cast & Crew

William Hall Captain Todd Hayden
Jane Wyman Elaine Burdette
Jane Carleton Mrs. Jean Bruce
Robert Warwick Colonel Burdette
Leon Ames Frank Denton
Ben Alexander Don Mayhew
Don Barclay Timothy O'Reilly
Egon Brecher Colonel A. R. Bowen
Paul Sutton Charley
Jack Mulhall Tex Randolph
LeRoy Mason Paul Douglas
Harry Woods Captain Holden
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  not available
Release Date:  1938 Production Date:  A Trem Carr Production
none available
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Universal Pictures Co.
Sound:  Mono Production Co:  Universal Pictures Co.
Duration(mins):  60 or 65 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  7    

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