Saturday, November 14, 2015

Mystery in Mexico (1948)

*** out of 5

Director Robert Wise keeps things moving in this brief 67-minute film.  It's playful fun that never seems especially serious, but has enough mystery to keep the audience entertained for its brief runtime.
William Lundigan is our Insurance investigator hero who is amusingly inept at times, but likeable enough that he is believable in the role and his relationship to the love interest in the case, played with wit and charm by Jacqueline White (notably of the Narrow Margin and Crossfire, and still alive today). Ersatz latin actor Ricardo Cortez is reliably suave and menacing in equal parts as the villainous club owner with the side business in stolen goods.

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