Arson for Hire (1959)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Feeble in the action department, this drama directed by Thor Brooks fizzles before the arsonist gets his due. John (Steve Brodie) is the leader of an arson squad and he does not realize that it is one of his men who is setting the disastrous fires around town. The duplicitous and secretly criminal member of the squad is a part of an arson ring that preys on the victims of the fires they set in order to get them to divvy up the insurance money. To assure cooperation, the arsonists use either blackmail or intimidation. In-between fires, John is intent on tracking down the arsonists.

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agent [representative], arson, blackmail, building, chase, computers, con/scam, criminal, drugs, fire, hostage, industrial-espionage, insurance, international, investigation, loot, nerd, private-detective, Russian [nationality], Soviet, suitcase, violence