Prolific B movie studio Monogram supplied this World War II thriller that has an unusual twist: the heroes are Hollywood entertainers seeking to prevent Nazi spies from acquiring an anti-aircraft searchlight filter invented by a stage electrician. The inventor’s daughter, singer Mitzi (Gale Storm), and her boyfriend, Jimmy (John Shelton), are drawn into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the spies and use wire-tapping to trap their enemies.
William “One-Shot” Beaudine, the director of nearly 350 known films (nearly one for every day of the year; some listings of his work put his output at 500 movies and hundreds of TV episodes) and scores of television episodes, enjoyed a directing career that stretched across seven decades from the ‘Teens to the ’70s (he also was a screenwriter, credited on 26 films and one TV series). His movies, ranging from full-length features to one- and two-reel shorts, included the notorious Mom and Dad (1945) of 1945—the “Gone With the Wind” of the hygiene/sexploitation genre—for infamous producer Kroger Babb, one of the notorious “Forty Thieves” of the exploitation circuit. His final, as well as very likely best-known films, were the grindhouse/drive-in horror classics Billy the Kid versus Dracula (1966) and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter (1966) (in 1966, when he made these two cheapies, he was the oldest active director in Hollywood, at 74). “One Shot” was prolific not only because… read more