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South of Panama (May 1, 1941)

South of Panama
 

Released on May 1, 1941: A reporter in Panama is mistaken for a scientist with a secret camouflage formula and is chased by international spies.

Produced by Ted Richmond

Directed by Jean Yarbrough

The Actors: Roger Pryor (Mike Lawrence), Virginia Vale (Jan Martin aka Dolores Esteban), Hugh Beaumont (Paul Martin), Lionel Royce (hotel manager Burns), Lucien Prival (foreign spy Raynor), Duncan Renaldo (Captian of Police), Lester Dorr (cab driver Joe), Jack Ingram (henchman Wilton), Warren Jackson (henchman Lake), Edward Keane (Colonel Stoddard), Sam McDaniel (Rodriguez 'Rod' Lincoln Jones)

 
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The Blonde Spy and the Romantic Reporter

This spy adventure was released in May of 1941 and it wouldn't be until the attack on Pearl Harbor later that year on December 7 that the U.S. would finally enter the war, but Europe was already aglow with the bombs of war. American inventor Paul Martin has developed the perfect camouflage paint that makes airplanes invisible from the sky and when on the ground. This special formula paint can also make the Panama Canal invisible to overhead bombers, and Paul Martin, played by Hugh Beaumont, is on his way to Panama to give the formula to the American Colonel in charge of defending the Panama Canal. His sister Janice, played by Virginia Vale, is already in Panama and has a double identity as blonde Janice and brunette lounge singer Dolores Esteban. When Janice goes to the airport to meet her brother she notices two spies watching her, and when her brother comes off the arriving plane she signals to him that he should ignore her, and she runs instead to unsuspecting reporter Mike Lawrence, played by Roger Pryor, and wraps her arms around him and kisses him like there is no tomorrow. Mike is a worldly guy and he quickly decides to enjoy the kiss and give one back in return. From here on in Mike is on the short end of the story, and is followed and attacked by the spies who believe that he is the inventor with the secret formula, while blonde Janice disappears and becomes brunette cabaret singer Dolores. The drama is light but the action is quick and steady as the spy misadventure winds its way around the reporter who wonders why all the spies are after him and the girl who knows the answers but only adds to his confusion when she is around. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Duncan Renaldo warns Roger Pryor
Duncan Renaldo warns Roger Pryor
Edward Keane as Colonel Stoddard
Edward Keane as Colonel Stoddard
Edward Keane and Hugh Beaumont
Edward Keane and Hugh Beaumont
Edward Keane and Hugh Beaumont
Edward Keane and Hugh Beaumont
Hugh Beaumont as inventor Paul Martin
Hugh Beaumont as inventor Paul Martin
Lester Dorr
Lester Dorr
Lionel Royce
Lionel Royce
Lucien Prival
Lucien Prival
Lucien Prival captures Roger Pryor
Lucien Prival captures Roger Pryor
Lucien Prival
Lucien Prival
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale kisses Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale kisses Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor and Lester Dorr
Roger Pryor and Lester Dorr
Sam McDaniel
Sam McDaniel
Sam McDaniel and Lucien Prival
Sam McDaniel and Lucien Prival
Sam McDaniel and Virginia Vale
Sam McDaniel and Virginia Vale
Virginia Vale
Virginia Vale
Virginia Vale and Hugh Beaumont
Virginia Vale and Hugh Beaumont
Virginia Vale and Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale and Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale singing in the hotel lounge
Virginia Vale singing in the hotel lounge
Virginia Vale flirts with Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale flirts with Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale holds Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale greets Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale sings to Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale sings to Roger Pryor
Virginia Vale
Virginia Vale
Warren Jackson and Jack Ingram
Warren Jackson and Jack Ingram