Here's Flash Casey (January 7, 1938)
Released on January 7, 1938: (running time 55 minutes) Flash Casey is a newspaper photographer always in hot water and living on the edge of danger.
Produced by Arthur Alexander, Max Alexander and Alfred Stern
Directed by Lynn Shores
Written by John W. Krafft and George Harmon Coxe
The Actors: Eric Linden (Flash Casey), Boots Mallory (Kay Lanning), Cully Richards (Wade), Holmes Herbert (Major Addison, newspaper owner), Joseph Crehan (Blaine), Howard Lang (Pop Lawrence), Victor Adams (Gene Ricker, gangster), Harry Harvey (Gus Payton), Suzanne Kaaren (Mitzi LaRue), Matty Kemp (Rodney Addison), Dorothy Vaughan (Mrs. O'Hara, Casey's landlady), Maynard Holmes (Joe Gordon, college freshman pledge), Sven Hugo Borg (blonde student), Lynton Brent (pharmacist), Don Brodie (Doyle, reporter), Leonard Carey (garden party waiter), Virginia Dabney (Chloe, Payton's moll), Lester Dorr (Miller, reporter), Carl Faulkner (police officer), Ben Hall (man who finds camera in phone booth), Eric Mayne (Harold, party guest), Robert Morgan (groom at wedding), Spec O'Donnell (copy boy Billy), Henry Otto (Dock Warden), Hal Price (police sergeant when ambulance is stolen), Ronald R. Rondell (auctioneer), Denny Sullivan (henchman Denny)
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The Flash Candid Camera Man, and Blackmailing Gangster
When I was a little kid there were two big photo magazines in America, Life Magazine, which published from 1936 until 2000, and Look Magazine, which ran from 1937 until 1971. In 1938 when this crime adventure was filmed, both magazines were fledgling new technologies in a fast-changing world.
Cameras were getting better and better, motion picture technology was evolving rapidly, and pictures were quickly replacing the written word and the oil painting as the popular method of learning about the world around us. Pictures, both moving and still, overtook books so drastically that during the post World War Two home building boom, some book publishers paid home builders to put library shelves in the dens of new homes. With beautiful new hardwood library shelving decorating the wall . . . the new homeowner needed to buy a bunch of books to fill those shelves.
Of course, a new television set was often placed in front of the library shelves, but the books made a great background for the T.V. set. Today digital media is quickly replacing newspapers and picture magazines, and I suspect that soon television will never be the same, as our world is once again evolving quickly.
In this newspaper photographer crime adventure, young Flash Casey has graduated college and is ready to conquer the world with his big, expensive camera. Hard-boiled newspaper editor Blaine needs pictures for his front page, and old Pop Lawrence has convinced the owner of the newspaper that a photo magazine would make a lot of money, but magazines filled with photos are new and not profitable yet.
The two editors compete with the staff photographers for the best photographs, and Flash Casey is caught in the middle. But this is just business politics and fun-and-games until blackmailing gangsters shoot the newspaper owner and kidnap the society editor for ransom. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Boots Mallory and Howard Lang
Boots Mallory meets Eric Linden
Denny Sullivan and Victor Adams
Don Brodie and Eric Linden
Don Brodie and Lester Dorr
Eric Linden and Carl Faulkner
Eric Linden and Cully Richards
Eric Linden and Joseph Crehan
Eric Linden and Boots Mallory
Eric Linden and Howard Lang
Holmes Herbert and Joseph Crehan
Holmes Herbert and Suzanne Kaaren
Joseph Crehan and Cully Richards