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Private Detective 62 (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1933 (USA)
A down and out private eye falls for a woman he has been hired to frame.

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A down and out private eye falls for a woman he has been hired to frame.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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$260,000 (estimated)
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Though the film is called "Private Detective 62," neither William Powell's character nor anyone else is actually referred to by that code number. See more »

Quotes

Free: The only claim you got to being a detective is you got big feet and they're flat.
Hogan: Say, for the last time I'm telling ya, whoever heard of a man going to Atlantic City with his wife?
Free: Were you ever married?
Hogan: I was once. Why?
Free: Where'd you go for your honeymoon?
Hogan: Atlantic City.
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Isn't It Romantic?
(uncredited)
from Love Me Tonight (1932)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Copyright 1932 by Famous Music Corp.
Played during opening credits and often throughout the film
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William Powell makes a good little film great
10 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

William Powell's stay at Warner Brothers was a short one - only a couple of years - but he hit the bullseye in every picture he did there. This film is one of them. Here William Powell plays Donald Free, a secret agent of sorts who gets caught in France with stolen documents. The agency he works for has already told him that if he is caught all knowledge of his action will be disavowed, so he is unsurprised when that is exactly what happens. For some strange reason, the French take Donald all the way to New York harbor before deciding to transfer him to another ship and send him right back to France. The only reason for all of this inefficiency can be as a plot device for Donald to make an easy escape by jumping overboard and swimming to shore, which he does.

Donald is now home and at liberty, but that doesn't get you far in 1933 Depression era America. Without references he is unable to get a job as a detective for any police department or obtain a private detective license. But after pounding the pavement with no luck for months, Donald manages to partner up with a private detective firm on its last legs. The partner has the license but not much talent at detecting or discretion, and Donald has the talent and no license. Ruth Donnelly plays the firm's secretary with mouth and moxy to spare. They're doing OK and then a well-known gangster bankrolls the firm and floods the office with business. When that gangster wants a favor in return - the discrediting of a beautiful customer that his gambling joint owes tens of thousands of dollars to because he doesn't have the money to pay her when she finally decides to cash in her chips - things begin to get really interesting. You'll probably figure out what's going on even before Powell's character solves all of the mysteries for you, but here as in most of the early 30's Warner Brothers films, most of the fun is the journey not the destination. Highly recommended.


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