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From Headquarters (1933)

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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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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O Rastro Invisível  »

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In the opening scenes, fingerprints are being rolled onto a fingerprint card and the card then removed. That is wrong in that the prints were rolled properly but prints were left off. On the bottom of the card on the right, flats are taken of the right fingers and the flat of the thumb is taken. The same is done for the left four and the thumb. This card would have been rejected as being incomplete. Three cards are usually done. One for the city police records, one for the state, and one for the FBI records. 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 solve a murder case almost solely from headquarters
3 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"From Headquarters" (1933) is an unbelievably good Warner Brothers short film of the 30s, and they are famous for making other good and snappy ones in that period. William Dieterle directed. He is one of a short list of German emigres who later made what we now know as film noirs; and in this film we can see already strong indications in the camera angles and staging, but not the lighting, of what was to come in those noirs. The editing of this film is excellent too. The story is a mystery, particularly well-written. The music complements the action and dialog with great skill. The WB stock company cast is perfectly capable of handling the blend of seriousness larded with humor of which there is quite a lot, divided among a number of players.

The age of this film means nothing, even if the technology is pre-DNA and pre- a lot else. More modern mysteries that are twice as long or more and cost orders of magnitude more money to produce have nothing on this one. This is a totally enjoyable film, but one that keeps you on your toes to follow its unfolding.


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