State Police (film)

State Police is a 1938 American action film directed by John Rawlins and written by George Waggner. The film stars John 'Dusty' King, William Lundigan, Constance Moore, Larry J. Blake, J. Farrell MacDonald and David Oliver. The film was released on March 18, 1938, by Universal Pictures.[1][2][3]

State Police
Directed byJohn Rawlins
Produced byPaul Malvern
Screenplay byGeorge Waggner
Story byGeorge Waggner
StarringJohn 'Dusty' King
William Lundigan
Constance Moore
Larry J. Blake
J. Farrell MacDonald
David Oliver
CinematographyHarry Neumann
Edited byCharles Craft
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 18, 1938 (1938-03-18)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States

When his son is expelled from college, Colonel Clarke, head of the State Police, assigns him to the patrol of Sergeant Dan Prescott as Private Smith. "Smith" disobeys Dan's order and makes a play for his girl Helen Evans. During a shutdown of unprofitable coal mines at Minersburg, the gang of racketeer "Trigger" Magee levies tribute on the miners who are mining coal for their own use. Magee kills Albert Morgan for opposing him, and Dan gets order to arrest Magee and clean up the situation. "Smith" quits the force and becomes involved with the gangsters headquartered at "The Oaks," a notorious resort ran by Helen's brother Jack. The latter double-crosses Magee and is killed by him. Magee is arrested, escapes and makes "Smith" a prisoner and beats him unconscious for refusing to phone his father to call off the police hunt. Miners, led by Joe Palmer and Charlie, organize to clean out the gangsters while Dan's troopers are also closing in.



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  2. Hal Erickson. "State Police (1938) - John Rawlins". AllMovie. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
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