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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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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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Featured in Dirty Harry's Way (1971) See more »

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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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A decent film that is made even better by another effortless performance from William Powell
27 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film begins with William Powell being convicted in a French court of espionage and he is deported back to America. However, the French reconsider and plan on returning him to France when Powell jumps overboard and swims for shore in New York. Once there, he has a devil of a time finding work since it is during the Depression and since his reputation was ruined over the conviction. Eventually, he does land on his feet when he partners up with a two-bit private detective with very questionable morals. Through Powell's business acumen and skills as a detective, the agency is able to grow and prosper. Unfortunately, his partner is even more shady and corrupt than he imagined--leading to a dandy climax.

Over the years I have become a real fan of the films of William Powell--mostly because he was able to make his performances look so natural and relaxed. In this film, you have a somewhat ordinary plot that comes to life thanks to Powell. This mystery-action film isn't much like his later THIN MAN films, though it is still pretty exciting and well worth a look.


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