State Police (1938)

Genres - Action, Crime  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Several second-echelon Universal contractees earn their paychecks in the two-week wonder State Police. John King stars as Sergeant Dan Prescott, a state trooper assigned to a coal-mining community. A group of gangsters have insinuated themselves into the town's labor-management confrontations, playing one side against the other for their own gain. Prescott tries to beard gangster boss Trigger Magee (Larry Blake) in his den, a gaudy roadhouse, and the results are explosive, to say the least. Predictably, the film is highlighted by a high-speed chase; not so predictably, the chase occurs in the middle of the film rather than the climax. Second-billed William Lundigan is the only member of the youthful cast to go on to a substantial starring career, though leading lady Constance Moore did pretty well for herself in future Universal productions. Comedy relief is provided by David Oliver, who'd risen from the ranks of Universal's newsreel cameramen.

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bad-guy, gangster, good-guy, playboy, police, son