Whilst attempting to prove a beautiful immigrant innocent of murder, detective Nick Carter ends up exposing the leaders of the Fifth Column.
Walter Pidgeon as Nick Carter
Donald Meek as Bartholomew
Kaaren Verne as Pat Evans (as Karen Verne)
Edward Ashley as Cortland Grand
Joyce Compton as Christine Cross / Her Twin Sister
Tom Conway as Andrew Hendon
George Lessey as Senator Monrose
Dorothy Tree as Kathe
Frank Reicher as Dr. Crattan
Chill Wills as Sheriff Beckwith
George Watts as Judge Whitmore
Byron Foulger as Kuse
William Tannen as Gus
Milton Parsons as Brock
Tom Neal as Steve
Lucien Prival as Brucker
According to MGM records the movie earned $270,000 in the US and Canada and $167,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $64,000.
The New York Times wrote, "let a Hollywood producer launch a film series and very shortly the stories, as they appear, become as formalized as Chinese checkers. The Nick Carter mysteries are no exception...Through it all Nick is magnificently careless. Though sudden death lurks outside the window pane, he never pulls a shade. When seconds count, he saves one to pinch a cutie's cheek. When lesser men quail, he lights a cigarette. As usual, he wins his game in a welter of comic-strip heroics. But, as we were suggesting, it's a little like playing checkers with an opponent whose tricks became familiar long ago" ; whereas Leonard Maltin called the film an "above-average private-eye yarn."