Scotland Yard Investigator (1945)

Genres - Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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This Republic programmer is based on a true story, though its plot complications are anything but founded in reality. Set in London, the story is motivated by master criminal Carl Hoffmeyer (Erich Von Stroheim), who cooks up an intricate, apparently foolproof scheme to steal the Mona Lisa, on loan to the National Art Gallery. Upon pulling off the crime, Hoffmeyer discovers that the Da Vinci masterpiece is a forgery, the original having previously been swiped by a mercenary antiques dealer (Forrester Harvey, in his final film appearance). Meanwhile, crusty Scotland Yard man Sir James Collison (Sir C. Aubrey Smith) tries to solve both robberies. Reasonably well-produced, Scotland Yard Investigator is of little real interest outside of veteran character actors Erich Von Stroheim and C. Aubrey Smith, who seem to enjoy having all the footage to themselves for a change.

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