Undercover Agent (April 19, 1939)

Russell Gleason and James Gleason
 

Released on April 19, 1939: (running time 49 minutes) Racketeers are unsuccessful at making book on the horses, so they sell fake sweepstakes tickets to unsuspecting working class folk.

Produced by E.B. Derr

Directed by Howard Bretherton

The Actors: Russell Gleason (Bill Trent), Shirley Deane (Betty Madison), J.M. Kerrigan (Tom 'Pop' Madison), Maude Eburne (Mrs. Minnow, landlady), Oscar O'Shea (Pat Murphy, pawn broker), Ralph Harolde (Bartel, racketeer), Selmer Jackson (John Graham, Postal Executive), Ray Bennett (henchman Pussyfoot), Ralph Sanford (Joe Blake, henchman), Dick Elliott (henchman Garrison), Lee Phelps (bartender Higgens), Walter Wills (cigar store proprieter), Max Hoffman Jr. (henchman Slicker), Dave O'Brien (billiards player)

 

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The Phony Sweepstakes and the Disgraced Inspector

Up until his death in 1959, actor James Gleason told anyone who would listen that Howard Hughes killed his son. James Gleason was a character actor most often seen in comedies in a movie career that lasted from 1922 until 1958. He almost got the leading role as Hopalong Cassidy but was edged out by William Boyd. His parents were stage actors, and his son Russell, the star of this adventure, was on his way to possibly becoming a bigger star than his father.

In 1945, after World War Two fighting had ended, Russell Gleason was drafted into the Army as a technician for the Signal Corps. His basic training was finished, and he was staying in the Hotel Sutton on E56th Street in New York City before being deployed to Europe. Russell had pleaded several times with his very good friend Howard Hughes, asking him to intervene to get him out of the Army.

Hughes either couldn’t do that, or wouldn’t, so Russell finally tried to blackmail Howard Hughes, promising to reveal his relationship with Howard Hughes, and expose many more of Hughes’ bi-sexual partners if Howard Hughes wouldn’t give him twenty-five thousand dollars and get him out of the Army.

On Christmas Day, 1945, Russell’s final day before leaving for Europe, he fell to his death from a fourth story hotel window. The window sill for that window was almost five feet off the floor, making it a very difficult accident to have, if it was an accident, as the police report found.

In this adventure Russell Gleason is a postal clerk with dreams of becoming a postal inspector, but because he saved the life of a neighborhood pawn shop owner during a robbery, instead of becoming a hero, he may lose his job and his future. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Dick Elliott
Dick Elliott
Dick Elliott, Ralf Harolde
Dick Elliott, Ralf Harolde
Dick Elliott, Ralph Sanford
Dick Elliott, Ralph Sanford
J.M. Kerrigan
J.M. Kerrigan
Lee Phelps
Lee Phelps
Lee Phelps, J.M. Kerrigan
Lee Phelps, J.M. Kerrigan
Lee Phelps, Russell Gleason
Lee Phelps, Russell Gleason
Lee Phelps, J.M. Kerrigan
Lee Phelps, J.M. Kerrigan
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne, Shirley Deane
Maude Eburne, Shirley Deane
Max Hoffman Jr.
Max Hoffman Jr.
Oscar O'Shea, J.M. Kerrigan
Oscar O'Shea, J.M. Kerrigan
Ralf Harolde
Ralf Harolde
Ray Bennett, Ralf Harolde
Ray Bennett, Ralf Harolde
Ray Bennett, Walter Wills
Ray Bennett, Walter Wills
Russell Gleason
Russell Gleason
Shirley Dean, Russell Gleason
Shirley Dean, Russell Gleason
Russell Gleason
Russell Gleason
Russell Gleason
Russell Gleason
Selmer Jackson
Selmer Jackson
Shirley Dean, Ralph Sanford
Shirley Dean, Ralph Sanford