MGM purchased more than 1,000 Nick Carter stories and planned to build a series around the sleuth, with this being the first entry. Pidgeon plays the detective who gets on the trail of some spies out to steal the plans for a plane designed by Hull. When not sifting through through clues and
chasing the culprits, Pidgeon finds some time to romance Johnson. Meek plays Pidgeon's trusted aide, and he provides some competent comic relief. French-born Tourneur, who would go on to create some highly regarded horror and noir
films during the 1940s, does a decent job here in only his second
US film assignment. An agreeable escapist adventure. This never developed int...