Missing Evidence (1939)

64 mins | Drama | 15 December 1939

Director:

Phil Rosen

Producer:

Phil Rosen

Cinematographer:

Milton Krasner

Editor:

Ted J. Kent

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Co.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Million Dollar Racket ... More Less

The working title of this film was Million Dollar Racket . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
20 Nov 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Mar 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Sep 39
p. 59.
Motion Picture Herald
25 Nov 39
p. 43.
New York Times
17 Nov 39
p. 17.
Variety
22 Nov 39
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit pub
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Million Dollar Racket
Release Date:
15 December 1939
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 17 November 1939
Production Date:
17 July--1 August 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
15 September 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9110
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5612
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Linda Parker sells illicit sweepstakes tickets from her cigar stand at the Tilton Hotel. Her supplier is Jerry Howard, a cigar salesman and fiancé of hotel switchboard operator Nellie Conrad. Linda is attracted to Bill Collins, one of her customers, unaware that he is really an FBI agent assigned to smash the counterfeiting ring that is selling millions of dollars of worthless sweepstakes tickets. When Linda learns that Bill is a government agent, she refuses to cooperate with him until "Pop" Andrews, the elderly hotel elevator operator, commits suicide because the ticket that he thought was a grand prize winner turned out to be counterfeit. The old man's death compels Linda and Jerry to help Bill with his investigation. Linda infiltrates the rackets when she is hired by Paul Duncan, an intermediary in the organization, and wins his confidence. Posing as the boss of a rival syndicate, Bill also joins forces with Duncan. Just as Linda and Bill uncover a list of syndicate members throughout the country, Duncan unmasks McBride, another government agent, and orders his death. To save McBride, Bill blows his cover and then orders an immediate raid on the syndicate. Duncan escapes the dragnet, however, and kidnaps Linda, to whom he reveals that he is the brains behind the racket. Linda then alerts Bill, and after a harrowing car chase, Bill rescues Linda and arrests ... +


Linda Parker sells illicit sweepstakes tickets from her cigar stand at the Tilton Hotel. Her supplier is Jerry Howard, a cigar salesman and fiancé of hotel switchboard operator Nellie Conrad. Linda is attracted to Bill Collins, one of her customers, unaware that he is really an FBI agent assigned to smash the counterfeiting ring that is selling millions of dollars of worthless sweepstakes tickets. When Linda learns that Bill is a government agent, she refuses to cooperate with him until "Pop" Andrews, the elderly hotel elevator operator, commits suicide because the ticket that he thought was a grand prize winner turned out to be counterfeit. The old man's death compels Linda and Jerry to help Bill with his investigation. Linda infiltrates the rackets when she is hired by Paul Duncan, an intermediary in the organization, and wins his confidence. Posing as the boss of a rival syndicate, Bill also joins forces with Duncan. Just as Linda and Bill uncover a list of syndicate members throughout the country, Duncan unmasks McBride, another government agent, and orders his death. To save McBride, Bill blows his cover and then orders an immediate raid on the syndicate. Duncan escapes the dragnet, however, and kidnaps Linda, to whom he reveals that he is the brains behind the racket. Linda then alerts Bill, and after a harrowing car chase, Bill rescues Linda and arrests Duncan. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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