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''Radar Secret Service'' is a 1950 movie that purports to show the more or less fantastic powers of the then newly-invented radar, and what they might lead to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The eponymous agency is apparently headquartered in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and may or may not have branch offices.

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''Radar Secret Service'' is a 1950 movie that purports to show the more or less fantastic powers of the [[PhlebotinumDuJour then newly-invented newly-invented]] radar, and what they might lead to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The eponymous agency is apparently headquartered in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and may or may not have branch offices.


* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The film portrays radar as an EverythingSensor that can find a variety of things you'd use entirely different types of equipment for in real life:

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The film portrays radar as an EverythingSensor that can find a variety of things you'd use entirely that in real life would require several completely different types of equipment for in real life: equipment:


* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** Radar apparently has the ability to project HDTV-quality images of whatever the bad guys are doing to a viewscreen. Failing that, radar can also pick up:
*** Distinct items through all the buildings and numerous moving objects (since this is usually radioactive material, the creators may have confused radar for Geiger counters).
*** Schools of fish in the ocean (suggesting confusion with sonar).
*** A gun buried in loose sand (without a dedicated high-frequency ground-penetrating radar set).
*** Mineral deposits deep underground (which is just outside the capability of any ground-penetrating radar).
** Carrying around highly radioactive material in an unshielded van.

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* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** Radar apparently has the ability to project HDTV-quality images
ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: Highly radioactive material is carried around in an unshielded van with no sign of whatever the bad guys are doing to a viewscreen. Failing that, health problems.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: The film portrays
radar as an EverythingSensor that can also pick up:
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find a variety of things you'd use entirely different types of equipment for in real life:
**
Distinct items through all the buildings and numerous moving objects (since this is usually radioactive material, the creators may have confused radar for Geiger counters).
*** ** Schools of fish in the ocean (suggesting confusion with sonar).
*** A gun buried in loose sand (without a dedicated high-frequency ground-penetrating radar set).
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** Mineral deposits deep underground (which is just outside the capability of any ground-penetrating radar).
** Carrying around highly radioactive material A gun buried in an unshielded van.loose sand (without a dedicated high-frequency ground-penetrating radar set).
** [[MagicalSecurityCam Live video of arbitrary locations.]]



* FlatCharacter: The entire cast, basically.



* OnlyAFleshWound: happens twice:

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* OnlyAFleshWound: happens twice:OnlyAFleshWound:


* Hypochondria: The only Mook with even the vaguest hint of character appears to have it. Whether he actually does or he's just a BadLiar is questionable; he does have pills, but he doesn't remember whether he was to take eight at five or five at eight. His "buddy" suggests he errs on the side of caution and take thirteen.

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* Hypochondria: {{Hypochondria}}: The only Mook with even the vaguest hint of character appears to have it. Whether he actually does or he's just a BadLiar is questionable; he does have pills, but he doesn't remember whether he was to take eight at five or five at eight. His "buddy" suggests he errs on the side of caution and take thirteen.



* Mook: Any mobster that isn't the gang boss or the client.

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* Mook: {{Mook}}: Any mobster that isn't the gang boss or the client.


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* PluckyComicRelief: The mook hanger-on played by Sid Melton.


The movie's plot centers around a hijacked convoy carrying uranium. This uranium was stolen from under the Radar Secret Service's nose by the Mob, but still has to be shipped down river to some vaguely evil bad guys. However, the Radar Secret Service is on the trail, using their all-knowing, all-seeing electronic marvel to find the uranium and follow them. It's a battle of wits and double-crossing to get the bad guys.

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The movie's plot centers around a hijacked convoy carrying uranium. This uranium was stolen from under the Radar Secret Service's nose by the Mob, TheMafia, but still has to be shipped down river to some vaguely evil bad guys. However, the Radar Secret Service is on the trail, using their all-knowing, all-seeing electronic marvel to find the uranium and follow them. It's a battle of wits and double-crossing to get the bad guys.



** Radar apparently has the ability to project HDTV-quality images of whatever the bad guys are doing to a viewscreen. Failing that, radar can also pick up distinct items through all the buildings and numerous moving objects.

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** Radar apparently has the ability to project HDTV-quality images of whatever the bad guys are doing to a viewscreen. Failing that, radar can also pick up distinct up:
*** Distinct
items through all the buildings and numerous moving objects.objects (since this is usually radioactive material, the creators may have confused radar for Geiger counters).
*** Schools of fish in the ocean (suggesting confusion with sonar).
*** A gun buried in loose sand (without a dedicated high-frequency ground-penetrating radar set).
*** Mineral deposits deep underground (which is just outside the capability of any ground-penetrating radar).



* CoolCar: Or at least the producers' attempt at one. The Radar Secret Service patrol car has a metallic sphere on top that is probably supposed to be a radome. It better resembles a high school Van de Graff generator.




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* Hypochondria: The only Mook with even the vaguest hint of character appears to have it. Whether he actually does or he's just a BadLiar is questionable; he does have pills, but he doesn't remember whether he was to take eight at five or five at eight. His "buddy" suggests he errs on the side of caution and take thirteen.
* LoveTriangle: The gang boss, his mob client, and their mutual love interest (there's no better description for her character).
* IdiotBall: Everyone gets a turn, but specifically:
** The mustachio'd g-man tries to catch a gangster without backup and get sneaked up on by the mustachio'd gang boss on by bad luck, despite the waitress' attempt to stall his assailant.
** The mustachio'd (there's a trend) gang boss holds his client and their mutual love interest at gunpoint. He tells them to face the wall, away from him, probably in preparation for execution. [[spoiler:''Of course'' the two pass a gun between them and turn the tables.]]
* Mook: Any mobster that isn't the gang boss or the client.
* OnlyAFleshWound: happens twice:
** The mustachio'd gang boss gets shot in the left shoulder (naturally) in the back while trying to escape. This causes him visible distress, but he manages to drive all the way to his appointment to hold the IdiotBall as described above. He also uses his left arm rather freely, never minding the bone and tissue damage one would expect from such a wound.
** The [[spoiler:waitress]] gets shot in the arm at the very end. Other than sliding down a wall in shock, it may as well have been a rather nasty bee sting.
* OnlySixFaces: Not uncommon for postwar films, but:
** All of the men wear suits and fedoras. Both the more punchy g-man and the gang boss have thin mustaches; everyone else is dark-haired and clean-shaven. The easiest way to tell the characters apart is by their ''ties.''
** Both of the female characters with any screen time (so, not the maid mentioned above) are average-height blondes with short, sculpted hair. One is occasionally dressed as a waitress, but both wear black otherwise.
** The lack of memorable names doesn't help.
* TapOnTheHead: Played with unintentionally. The mustachio'd g-man receives one to the back of the head. Realistically, he recovers quickly. Unrealistically, he recovers quickly despite it being delivered via full-armed PistolWhipping to the top-rear of his head, where the skull is thinnest.
* VehicularSabotage: How two {{Mook}}s sent on a decoy run get theirs.
* WritingIndentationClue: An unusual aural variant--the mustachio'd g-man listens to the waitress make a phone call. He determines the number she dials by ''listening to the timing of the rotary phone'' as she dials, then doesn't even bother to try and eavesdrop on her actual conversation. It's the one clever thing in the entire film.



'''''Radar Secret Service''''' is a 1950 movie that purports to show the more or less fantastic powers of the then newly-invented radar, and what they might lead to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The eponymous agency is apparently headquartered in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and may or may not have branch offices.

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'''''Radar ''Radar Secret Service''''' Service'' is a 1950 movie that purports to show the more or less fantastic powers of the then newly-invented radar, and what they might lead to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The eponymous agency is apparently headquartered in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and may or may not have branch offices.


* ArtisticLicensePhiscs:

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* ArtisticLicensePhiscs:ArtisticLicensePhysics:


* YouFailPhysicsForever:

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* YouFailPhysicsForever:ArtisticLicensePhiscs:



* HeyItsThatGuy: The triumphant return of Sid "[[PluckyComicRelief Monkey Boy]]" Melton from ''LostContinent'' and ''The Danny Thomas Show''.
** Tom Neal also appeared in ''TheBruteMan''.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: The triumphant return of Sid "[[PluckyComicRelief Monkey Boy]]" Melton from ''LostContinent'' and ''The Danny Thomas Show''.
** Tom Neal also appeared in ''TheBruteMan''.


* Tom Neal also appeared in ''TheBruteMan''.

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* ** Tom Neal also appeared in ''TheBruteMan''.

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* Tom Neal also appeared in ''TheBruteMan''.

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* DullSurprise: The maid, or as Mike and the Bots suggest, "The director's mistress, ladies and gentlemen!"

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'''''Radar Secret Service''''' is a 1950 movie that purports to show the more or less fantastic powers of the then newly-invented radar, and what they might lead to TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The eponymous agency is apparently headquartered in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC and may or may not have branch offices.

The movie's plot centers around a hijacked convoy carrying uranium. This uranium was stolen from under the Radar Secret Service's nose by the Mob, but still has to be shipped down river to some vaguely evil bad guys. However, the Radar Secret Service is on the trail, using their all-knowing, all-seeing electronic marvel to find the uranium and follow them. It's a battle of wits and double-crossing to get the bad guys.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E20RadarSecretService episode recap page]].
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!!''Radar Secret Service'' contains examples of these tropes:

* YouFailPhysicsForever:
** Radar apparently has the ability to project HDTV-quality images of whatever the bad guys are doing to a viewscreen. Failing that, radar can also pick up distinct items through all the buildings and numerous moving objects.
** Carrying around highly radioactive material in an unshielded van.
* FlatCharacter: The entire cast, basically.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The triumphant return of Sid "[[PluckyComicRelief Monkey Boy]]" Melton from ''LostContinent'' and ''The Danny Thomas Show''.
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