River Beat (1953)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Release Date - Feb 1, 1954 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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When Lippert Pictures first released the British River Beat in 1954, the ad campaign made a big deal over the fact that its star, Phyllis Kirk, had previously appeared as Vincent Price's potential victim in House of Wax. This time around, Phyllis is a damsel in distress once more. The actress plays a radio operator working on an American freighter, which tools along the Thames throughout the picture. Unbeknownst to Phyllis, she is the unwitting dupe of a diamond-smuggling racket. Police inspector John Bentley intends to arrest the girl, but he falls in love with her instead. Bentley figures that by allowing Phyllis to continue as a patsy for the criminals, she'll eventually lead him to Mister Big--and, of course, he's right.

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detective, investigator, mistaken-identity, opal, smuggling