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Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher (January 29, 1943)

Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher

Released on January 29, 1943: (running time 62 minutes) 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

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)


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When I was a young teen in Meadville, Pennsylvania, I didn't just read every Hardy Boys mystery 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 men's clothes.

Do you 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! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Edgar KennedyFrank Graham
Edgar Kennedy - 1943Frank Graham as Cosmo Jones, Crime Smasher
Richard CromwellGale Storm
Richard CromwellGale Storm
Richard Cromwell in 1943Gale Storm
Richard Cromwell - 1943Gale Storm - 1943
Emmett VoganCharles Jordan
Emmett VoganCharles Jordan
Gill Stanley and Gwen KenyonHerbert Rawlins and Edgar Kennedy
Gil Stanley and Gwen KenyonHerbert Rawlins and Edgar Kennedy
Mantan MorelandFrank Graham
Mantan MorelandFrank Graham