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From Headquarters (1933)

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When a Broadway playboy is found dead, it's up to detective Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates.

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Complete credited cast:
George Brent ...
Lieut. J. Stevens
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Lou Winton
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Sgt. Boggs
Robert Barrat ...
Anderzian
Henry O'Neill ...
Inspector Donnelly
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Manny Wales
Dorothy Burgess ...
Dolly White
Theodore Newton ...
Jack Winton
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Muggs Manton
Ken Murray ...
Mac
Murray Kinnell ...
Horton
Edward Ellis ...
Dr. Van de Water
Kenneth Thomson ...
Gordon Bates
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A wealthy Broadway playboy is found dead. He was actually a vicious blackmailer. It's up to police lieutenant Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates like the cocaine addict Dolly White. And Stevens has a love-affair with Lou Ann Winton, who may or may not be mixed up in the murder. Written by Robert

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Mystery | Drama

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16 November 1933 (USA)  »

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O Rastro Invisível  »

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At about 6½ minutes, the police department uses IBM punch cards and a sorting machine to search a database. This may be the first display of that technology in film. See more »

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Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Whistled by the policeman as he walks up the stairs
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Police methods give added interest to routine murder mystery...
15 March 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

GEORGE BRENT doesn't display much enthusiasm for his role as a police detective who finds that his ex-sweetheart (MARGARET LINDSAY) is the chief suspect in the murder of a wealthy playboy. There are several suspects under police grilling and all of them tell their stories in brisk flashback technique that keeps the plot spinning in all directions so that all options are on the table in guessing "who done it." It's a ploy that doesn't work well here. A more straight-forward approach would have worked better in keeping the plot from getting too cluttered. By the time we reach a conclusion, the viewer is left hoping the story is over once and for all. What does work is showing the behind-the-scenes methods the crime labs perform in solving a case.

It's a programmer given what little life it has by a capable cast of Warner supporting players including Ken Murray, Hobart Cavanaugh, Dorothy Burgess, Eugene Palette, Theodore Newton and others and benefits from brisk direction by William Dieterle.

Summing up: A more polished script would have helped and George Brent seems too detached on this occasion to make much of his detective role.


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