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The Counterfeiters (1948)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 7 February 1949 (UK)
Scotland Yard cop goes undercover to catch a gang of counterfeiters.


Sam Newfield (as Peter Stewart)


Fred Myton (screenplay), Barbara Worth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
John Sutton ... Inspector Jeff MacAllister aka Piccadilly Jeff
Doris Merrick ... Margo Talbot
Hugh Beaumont ... Philip Drake
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Louie Struber (as Lon Chaney)
George O'Hanlon ... Frankie Dodge
Robert Kent ... Tony Richards (as Douglas Blackley)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Norman Talbot
Pierre Watkin ... Carter (as Pierre Watkins)
Don C. Harvey ... Dan Taggart (as Don Harvey)
Fred Coby Fred Coby ... Piper
Joi Lansing ... Caroline - Art Model (as Joyce Lansing)
Scott Brady ... Jerry McGee (as Gerard Gilbert)


Scotland Yard Inspector Jeff MacAllister (John Sutton) works with U.S. Secret Service Agent Philip Drake (Hugh Beaumont) to track down a band of international counterfeiters. They find the leader, Norman Talbot (Herbert Rawlinson), but never with the evidence. Talbot's daughter, Margo Talbot (Doris Merrick), complicates things by falling in love with Drake and also trying to protect her father. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

7 February 1949 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

To mystiko tis halkinis plakas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot in 1947, not released until 1948. See more »


Featured in The Doldrum: The Counterfeiters (1954) See more »

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Lon Chaney and Scott Brady, making his screen debut
25 December 2013 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1948's "The Counterfeiters" has a stronger cast than expected for a low budget independent, with top billing going to John Sutton, investigating the source of counterfeit bills that have found their way into Britain. The gang is headed by Hugh Beaumont (LEAVE IT TO BEAVER), effectively cast against type, assisted by dimwitted Louie Struber (Lon Chaney) and timid Frankie Dodge (George O'Hanlon). Doris Merrick plays a femme fatale, orchestrating a dizzying array of twists and turns that leave both sides breathless (she went on to do "Untamed Women" and "The Neanderthal Man" before her 1955 retirement). Among the good guys is Robert Kent, billed under the name 'Douglas Blackley,' which he only used during the late 40s. Former teen model Joi Lansing appears briefly as (surprise!) a model, billed as 'Joy Loveland,' first using the name Lansing in 1951. In his film debut as a scowling gang member with few lines, is Scott Brady, born Gerald Kenneth Tierney in 1924 (younger brother of Lawrence), here listed (for the first and last time) as 'Gerard Gilbert.' George O'Hanlon delivers in a tailor-made 'Joe McDoakes' role, and Lon Chaney is both dangerous and amusing doing another 'Lennie Small' turn.

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