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Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)

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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lewis Stone ...
Police Captain Webb (as Lewis S. Stone)
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Detective Butch Saunders
Glenda Farrell ...
Belle Howard Saunders
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Detective Joe Musik
Ruth Donnelly ...
Gwendolyn 'Pete' Harris
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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
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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>

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16 September 1933 (USA)  »

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Biuro osób zaginionych  »

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

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Oy
23 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien, Lewis Stone, Bette Davis, Glenda Farrell, and Allen Jenkins star in "Bureau of Missing Persons," a 1933 film from Warner Brothers. I noticed that one person who posted said that this was an extremely fast-moving film. I thought it would never end.

O'Brien plays Butch Saunders, a detective who is thought to have been a little too violent in his police work, so he is assigned the Bureau. He turns out to be good at his job.

Davis plays a young woman whose husband is missing. Normally in her early films, Davis is very blond, and very glamorous. Here she's not. Her role is an interesting one, with a couple of twists. She's very good, of course, but I doubt she would have been happy in this type of role for her entire career.

There are some other plot lines going on, with Lewis Stone a kindly man who tries to help people, and Glenda Farrell gives a fun performance as Belle. It's a familiar cast in their very young days and worth seeing for that reason. I admit I found it dragged a little.


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