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The Mystery Man (1935)

When he runs short of money, a newspaper reporter pawns a police revolver he was given after he helped the police solve a case. Later on the gun is used in a murder, and the reporter is suspected of committing the crime.


(as Raymond McCarey)


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Complete credited cast:
Ellwyn A. 'Jo-Jo' Jonas
The Eel, Gangster
Managing Editor Marvin
Guy Usher ...
District Attorney Johnson
James P. Burtis ...
Whalen (as James Burtis)
Monte Collins ...
Dunn, Reporter
Sam Lufkin ...
Otto Fries ...
Nate, Pawnbroker
Norman Houston ...
T. Fulton Whistler
Dell Henderson ...
Mr. Clark, Hotel Manager
Lee Shumway ...
Plainclothes Man
Jerome Roberts, Publisher


Larry Doyle, a reporter fond of hard-and-much drinking, insults his city editor on one of his drunken sprees. When he alter awakens, he finds he is on a train bound for St. Louis, and has one dollar and a revolver in his pocket. He also finds he is involved in some kind of crime plot, and a whirlwind romance with a cutie named Anne Olgivie. He sets out to resolve both issues. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MYSTERY! - ROMANCE!- DRAMA! (original ad - all caps)


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Release Date:

12 February 1935 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Balsley and Phillips Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film took place in New York City Thursday 25 May 1950 on the Night Owl Theatre on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »


Anne drops her gun, which is then back in her hand in the next shot. See more »


Remade as Man from Headquarters (1942) See more »

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Entertaining B crime/romance
8 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like Monogram movies - you can generally be sure of two things - (1) the movies will be entertaining and (2) there will be either a silly plot or a plot with big enough holes in it to drive a truck through. And this movie is no exception. Robert Armstrong's Larry Doyle is a cock-sure but good reporter for a Chicago newspaper. The police respect him (indeed, they give him a gun to show their appreciation for his help with a case) but his editor can't stand him. Larry spends his $50 bonus on treating his pals to a night on the town. His editor fires him but Larry goes on celebrating and winds up in St. Louis where he befriends a down and out but spunky young woman, Anne Ogilvie (played by Maxine Doyle). One of my favorite bits in the movie is where Larry secretly pays for the Anne's coffee and donut when she finds out she doesn't have enough money. Larry sees himself as the Anne's protector and because of Larry's moxie, they end up staying in a hotel suite (with two bedrooms). In spite of his former editor's trying to prevent it, Larry eventually gets a job on the St. Louis News. He is soon hot on the trail of the notorious criminal known as "The Eel." The rest of the movie doesn't make much sense but all's well that ends well. Armstrong does a good job but does not do the snappy reporter type as well as Chester Morris or Wally Ford. However, he does such scenes as that at the coffee shop better than they so it all evens out. I had never heard of Maxine Doyle and she did a somewhat surprisingly good job as Anne. A pleasant enough way to spend an hour.

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