Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher (January 29, 1943)
Released on January 29, 1943: Cosmo Jones takes a correspondence school detective course so that he can go to the big city and help smash the crime wave.
Directed by James Tinling
Written by Walter Gering , Michael L. Simmons and Frank Graham.
The Actors: Edgar Kennedy (Police Chief Murphy), Richard Cromwell (Sergeant Pat Flanagan), Gale Storm (Susan Fleming), Mantan Moreland (Eustace Smith), Frank Graham (Professor Cosmo Jones), Gwen Kenyon (Phillis Blake), Herbert Rawlinson (Mr. James J. Blake), Tristram Coffin (Jake Pelotti), Charles Jordan (Biff Garr), Vince Barnett (henchman Gimp), Emmett Vogan (Police Commissioner Gould), Maxine Leslie (Mrs. Jake Pelotti), Mauritz Hugo (Tony Sandol), Sam Bernard (gangster), Gil Stanley (Tommy Hayes).
When I was a young teen in Meadville, Pennsylvania, I didn't just read every Hardy Boys msytery book that I could find . . . I literally devoured them, imagining myself as one of the young Hardy brothers as the young teens solved big time crimes. I was twelve years old, and certainly smarter than all the adults. Gangsters had no chance if I was on the case. My mind knew no bounds as I imagined that I could discover the crooks even before the cops could. Well, I finally got to be in the movies. Sure, I wasn't even a gleam in my papa's eye yet when this movie was produced, but there I am, as big as life, solving crime in the big city. If I were an adult in 1943, wearing those amazing hats like Dad and all the other men of that era always wore, I would have been Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher! Sure he is an uber-geek with thick glasses - full of big words and big thoughts. But he is a wimpy sissy in mens clothes. Remember the body building ads where the big strong fellow would kick sand on the wimpy chicken man? I was always that wimpy chicken. But in this movie that wimpy sissy leads the cops to the gangsters and rescues the fair maiden, saving the city from the grip of gangsters. Whether you are a sissy-boy like me or the leading man or lady, you will enjoy this crime comedy with veteran silent screen and talkie comedian Edgar Kennedy, and . . . . me . . . Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher!
|Edgar Kennedy - 1943||Frank Graham as Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher|
|Richard Cromwell||Gale Storm|
|Richard Cromwell - 1943||Gale Storm - 1943|
|Emmett Vogan||Charles Jordan|
|Gil Stanley and Gwen Kenyon||Herbert Rawlins and Edgar Kennedy|
|Mantan Moreland||Frank Graham|