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The Last Express (1938)

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63 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Underworld boss Frank Hoefle has evidence against him stolen, by his henchman Pinky, from the office of District Attorney Meredith, but is then stolen from Pinky, and the thief demands a ransom of $300,000 dollars for its return to Hoefle....See moreUnderworld boss Frank Hoefle has evidence against him stolen, by his henchman Pinky, from the office of District Attorney Meredith, but is then stolen from Pinky, and the thief demands a ransom of $300,000 dollars for its return to Hoefle. The latter hires private detective Duncan MacLain and "Spud" Savage to follow the ransom-note demands and leave the money in a subway-station locker. Later, Eddie Miller, a pickpocket, lifts the locker key and MacLain follows him to an apartment house and overpowers Miller but not before he has sent the locker key up a dumb-waiter shaft. MacLain climbs up the shaft and finds Amy Arden with special prosecutor Paul Zarinka. He is knocked unconscious, and when he revives, Spud and Hoefle are there. Hoefle tells them to retrieve the evidence, "or else." Since he has a hard time telling the good guys from the bad guys, MacLain has a big job ahead of him. But he gets lucky and finds a 1914 newspaper story that explains all. (Most of the plot and much of the footage from this film was re-used in 1942 for Universal's "Gang Busters" serial.) Written by Les Adams See less
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Edmund L. Hartmann (screenplay) | Baynard Kendrick (from the novel "The Last Express" by)
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Oct 28, 1938 (United States)

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17 cast members
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Kent Taylor
Duncan MacLain Duncan MacLain   See fewer
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Dorothea Kent
Amy Arden Amy Arden   See fewer
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Greta Granstedt
Gladys Hewitt Gladys Hewitt   See fewer
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Don Brodie
Spud Savage Spud Savage   See fewer
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Paul Hurst
Asst. Dist. Atty. Springer Asst. Dist. Atty. Springer   See fewer
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J. Farrell MacDonald
William Barton William Barton   See fewer
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Sam Lee
Trilby Trilby   See fewer
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Al Shaw
Shane Shane   See fewer
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Edward Raquello
Paul Zarinka Paul Zarinka   See fewer
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Robert Emmett Keane
Howard Hewitt Howard Hewitt   See fewer
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Charles Trowbridge
District Attorney Meredith District Attorney Meredith   See fewer
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Addison Richards
Frank Hoefle Frank Hoefle   See fewer
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Henry Brandon
Henchman Pinky Henchman Pinky   See fewer
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Al Hill
Marshal Marshal   See fewer
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John 'Skins' Miller
Eddie Miller (as John Miller) Eddie Miller (as John Miller)   See fewer
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Virginia Dabney
Young Woman (uncredited) Young Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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