MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,268 this week

Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 549 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 2 critic

Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as "kindergarten" work. When a young woman asks him to help ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 15 Sep 2011
 
a list of 3792 titles
created 13 Apr 2012
 
a list of 96 titles
created 10 Apr 2013
 
a list of 54 titles
created 20 Oct 2013
 
list image
a list of 155 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)

Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bureau of Missing Persons.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Juarez (1939)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Louis Napoleon III takes advantage of the American Civil War to circumvent the Monroe Doctrine and expand his power by helping Emperor Maximillian Hapsburg to add Mexico to his empire. of Mexico.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Brian Aherne
Storm Center (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A small-town librarian is branded as a Communist by local politicians when she refuses to withdraw a controversial book from the library's shelves.

Director: Daniel Taradash
Stars: Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Kim Hunter
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Bette Davis, Donald Woods, Margaret Lindsay
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A prostitute's self-loathing makes her reluctant to marry an idealistic soldier during World War One.

Director: James Whale
Stars: Mae Clarke, Douglass Montgomery, Doris Lloyd
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Virginia Davis, Joan Blondell, Anne Shirley
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Bette Davis
The Star (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a come-back.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Prohibition ends, a beer baron sees the writing on the wall, quits the rackets, and tries to break into California society.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Mary Astor, Helen Vinson
Paid (1930)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Mary Turner goes up for three years on a crime she didn't commit. Once out she and former prison mates plan a scam in which old men can be sued for breach of promise - the "heart balm" ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Armstrong, Marie Prevost
So Big! (1932)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Selina lived well until her father Simeon died. Her aunts sold the estate and put her in a boarding school. As an adult she wants to be a teacher in farming country. She falls in love with ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, George Brent, Dickie Moore
A Stolen Life (1946)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a woman's twin sister is drowned, she assumes her identity in order to be close to the man she feels her sister took from her years before.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Dane Clark
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Zachary Hicks is nominated at the Progressive party's convention even though he has little chance of winning the governorship. Kay suggests the party bosses hire Hal Blake (whom she loves) ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Warren William, Bette Davis, Guy Kibbee
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lewis Stone ...
Police Captain Webb (as Lewis S. Stone)
...
Detective Butch Saunders
Glenda Farrell ...
Belle Howard Saunders
...
Detective Joe Musik
Ruth Donnelly ...
Gwendolyn 'Pete' Harris
...
Detective Hank Slade
Alan Dinehart ...
Therme Roberts
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Paul
Tad Alexander ...
Caesar Paul
Noel Francis ...
Alice Crane
Wallis Clark ...
Mr. Paul
Adrian Morris ...
Detective Irish Conlin
Clay Clement ...
Burton C. Kingman
Henry Kolker ...
Mr. Theodore Arno
Edit

Storyline

Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as "kindergarten" work. When a young woman asks him to help locate her husband, Therme, he learns that she is really Norma Phillips, wanted by Chicago police for murder of her husband. She escapes, but Saunders borrows a corpse from the morgue to arrange her fake funeral. The trap brings the woman and Therme to the mortuary out of curiosity. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Biuro osób zaginionych  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Though Bette Davis is top-billed, she does not appear until the 32nd minute of this 73-minute movie. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are presented on title cards See more »

Connections

Remade as Missing Witnesses (1937) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Interesting only for Davis and O'Brien
18 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you've already seen all the well-known studio films from the early 30's, it's fun to go back and fill in with some lesser known ones, like this typical Warner's B-movie.

Its director, Roy del Ruth, was strictly B-list at this point in his career. The supporting cast -- Allen Jenkins, Ruth Donnelly, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert -- are familiar from the Busby Berkeley movies, and each brings a stereotyped character briefly to life, which is what they were paid to do. Farrell in particular is funny as a gold-digger.

Pat O'Brien is actually the lead, although Bette Davis was given top billing. He's best known for playing butch types -- reporters, cops, soldiers, manly priests. (In this one, Butch is actually his character's name!) His performance here is surprisingly subtle and varied; it makes me want to see more of his movies.

Unfortunately the story is hopelessly implausible and unconvincing. Davis does the best she can with a confusingly-written part, although I can't quite tell whether she's trying to do an accent or not. And she changes from a blonde to a brunette halfway through -- was she shooting another picture at the same time?

The whole thing looks like it was thrown together in a couple of weeks. Probably the only really demanding scene to film was a car chase near the end, shot on location (or was it stock footage?).

All in all, probably worth 72 minutes of your time if you happen to run across it on TCM. Don't expect too much though...


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favorite Line Ecrevain
Discuss Bureau of Missing Persons (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?