Arson, Inc

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"Sensational expose of the firebug racket!"
  • Passed
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 3 min
  • 5.2  (237)

Arson Inc. is a thrilling film made in 1949 that tells the story of a young engineer named Dave, who is forced to get involved in a criminal organization that sets buildings on fire for insurance purposes. The movie starts with Dave Purvis, portrayed by Robert Lowery, losing his job as an engineer due to being a witness to an accidental death that occurred during an operation. In desperate need of money, he turns to his old friend, a shady character named Jim, to help him find work. Jim, played by Edward Brophy, introduces him to a man named George Lorne, who is the head of a criminal organization called Arson Inc.

Initially, Lorne tries to turn Dave away, but Jim convinces him to give Dave a chance. Dave is hired as a mechanic to work on the trucks that the organization uses to transport the incendiary devices they use to start the fires. As he becomes more involved in the organization, Davy meets Betty, Lorne's secretary, played by Anne Gwynne, who becomes his ally in trying to uncover the truth behind the organization's illegal activities.

Dave soon realizes that the organization is responsible for setting over 50 fires in the city to claim insurance money. Meanwhile, the police are investigating the incident and believe that it is the work of an organized group. The detective in charge is suspicious of Dave, and his undercover investigation puts him in grave danger.

As events unfold, Dave and Betty find themselves in grave danger as they try to uncover the truth behind Arson Inc. They end up being chased by the police and the organization's henchmen, but in the end, justice prevails, and the criminals are caught red-handed.

Arson Inc. is a thrilling movie with a well-structured plot and fantastic acting. The characters are believable and have depth to their roles. Edward Brophy's performance as Jim, the comic relief of the movie, brings much-needed humor to the serious storyline. Anne Gwynne's portrayal of Betty is charming and adds an element of romance to the film, while Robert Lowery's performance as Dave is outstanding, and his character arc is well developed.

The movie's direction by William Berke is excellent, and the cinematography by Jack Greenhalgh adds to the suspense of the story. The scenes of the fires and explosions are realistic and add weight to the storyline.

Arson Inc. is a movie that is well ahead of its time. The way it portrays organized crime and insurance fraud was relatively new to the genre, and it paved the way for future movies both in the film noir and true-crime genres. Its depiction of the police and their investigation techniques shows a glimpse of modern-day policing, making it all the more relatable.

In conclusion, Arson Inc. is a must-see movie for anyone who loves a good action-packed thriller. Though made over 70 years ago, it still holds up today and sets the standard for the genre. The movie's story, acting, and direction are top-notch, providing viewers with an exciting and satisfying experience.

Arson, Inc is a 1949 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 3 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.2.

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    1 hr 3 min
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    5.2  (237)