Phantom Raiders (1940)

70-71 mins | Drama | 7 June 1940

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Producer:

Frederick Stephani

Cinematographer:

Clyde De Vinna

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

A working title for this film was Nick Carter in Panama . For more information on the series see entry for Nick Carter--Master Detective (above) and consult the Series ... More Less

A working title for this film was Nick Carter in Panama . For more information on the series see entry for Nick Carter--Master Detective (above) and consult the Series Index. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 May 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 May 40
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 May 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
29 May 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
25 May 40
p. 40.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Jun 40
p. 41.
New York Times
24 Jun 40
p. 19.
Variety
29 May 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Nick Carter in Panama
Release Date:
7 June 1940
Production Date:
began early April 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 May 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9684
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70-71
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6304
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

While on vacation in Panama, detective Nick Carter is hired by a large international insurance firm, Llewelyn's of London, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of British merchant ships passing through the Panama Canal. Though he rejects the offer at first, Nick accepts it once he discovers that the lovely Cora Barnes works as a dispatcher for the Morris Shipping Company. Assisted by bee fancier Bartholomew, Nick soon learns that Al Taurez, an American gangster who has moved his operations to Panama, is behind the disappearances. Once a ship is declared missing, Taurez collects the insurance on the ship's falsified cargo. When Nick learns that Cora is engaged to John Ramsell, Jr., the son of a shipping company magnate, he decides to quit the assignment. Nick changes his mind, however, when he receives an anonymous threat instructing him to leave Panama at once or face certain death. Undaunted by the threat, Nick decides to stay. Later, when Nick catches Eddie Anders, one of Taurez' henchmen, in his room, he forces him to admit that Taurez is behind the plot to kill him. Nick soon learns that Cora is unwittingly being used by Taurez to supply him with insurance information on ships passing through the canal, and that Ramsell, Sr., has been coerced into signing indemnity claims for Taurez whenever one of his ships is sunk. In order to get into Taurez' office to search for clues, Nick instructs Bartholomew to pose as a maddened gunman, hold Taurez hostage and insist that he be taken for a walk around the block to calm his trigger-happy nerves. The plan works, and once inside ... +


While on vacation in Panama, detective Nick Carter is hired by a large international insurance firm, Llewelyn's of London, to investigate the mysterious disappearance of British merchant ships passing through the Panama Canal. Though he rejects the offer at first, Nick accepts it once he discovers that the lovely Cora Barnes works as a dispatcher for the Morris Shipping Company. Assisted by bee fancier Bartholomew, Nick soon learns that Al Taurez, an American gangster who has moved his operations to Panama, is behind the disappearances. Once a ship is declared missing, Taurez collects the insurance on the ship's falsified cargo. When Nick learns that Cora is engaged to John Ramsell, Jr., the son of a shipping company magnate, he decides to quit the assignment. Nick changes his mind, however, when he receives an anonymous threat instructing him to leave Panama at once or face certain death. Undaunted by the threat, Nick decides to stay. Later, when Nick catches Eddie Anders, one of Taurez' henchmen, in his room, he forces him to admit that Taurez is behind the plot to kill him. Nick soon learns that Cora is unwittingly being used by Taurez to supply him with insurance information on ships passing through the canal, and that Ramsell, Sr., has been coerced into signing indemnity claims for Taurez whenever one of his ships is sunk. In order to get into Taurez' office to search for clues, Nick instructs Bartholomew to pose as a maddened gunman, hold Taurez hostage and insist that he be taken for a walk around the block to calm his trigger-happy nerves. The plan works, and once inside Taurez' office, Nick discovers a remote control detonating device used to send high frequency radio signals that explode bombs hidden in electronic appliances. When Nick activates the device, an explosion rips through the building next door--the explosives lab. Meanwhile, Taurez and his partner, Dr. Grisson, have taken over the Morris Company, and when they attempt to force Franklin Morris to sign an order for Ramsell, Jr., to sail the next ship through the canal, Morris refuses and is stabbed by a someone hidden in the shadows. Ramsell, Jr., is arrested for the murder, but Nick soon unravels the crime web when he forces Taurez aboard the ship as it is about to be exploded. With only moments to spare before Grisson is to detonate the midnight blast, Taurez confesses his crimes to Nick, and he and Grisson are arrested. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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