The first of two Nick Carter films Tourneur directed for MGM is a zippy, action-packed mystery starring Walter Pidgeon as the unflappable dime-novel super-sleuth who goes undercover at an airplane factory to track down spies stealing industry-revolutionizing aeronautical secrets. Laced with hints of the shadowy menace the director would unleash fully in his genre-redefining Val Lewton films, this briskly entertaining programmer features impressive aerial stunts (including a tailspin edited into a startlingly experimental montage sequence), outré antics from Donald Meek as a wannabe-criminologist beekeeper, and a bullet-riddled plane vs. boat climax—all in under an hour! Print courtesy of the British Film Institute.
Jacques Tourneur, USA, 1944, 35mm, 11m
Produced for the United States Public Health Service during World War II, this docu-narrative dramatizes the training and work of cadet nurses.
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