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How to Be a Detective (1936)

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A man is giving a lecture on how to be a detective. The first section of the lecture deals with identifying criminals, where he asks a sketch artist to compile a composite of the complete ... See full summary »

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A man is giving a lecture on how to be a detective. The first section of the lecture deals with identifying criminals, where he asks a sketch artist to compile a composite of the complete criminal based on the stereotypical features of several different known criminals, and the types of crimes they generally commit. The second section deals with how to catch a criminal. As luck would have it, he gets a call about a crime, which he uses as real life case study. Luck is perhaps what he really needs to catch the criminal. The third section deals with getting a confession. He demonstrates his approach to questioning a suspect, where he often gets more information than he anticipates. The fourth and final section deals with how to get a conviction. Although that is a role of the police, a good detective always likes to have a hand in that conviction. The lecturer shows definitively in this section why crime does not pay. Written by Huggo

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Benchley the Detective
30 May 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

How to Be a Detective (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Entry in Robert Benchley's "How to..." series this time, as the title says, tells us how to be a good detective. With Benchley playing the role of the detective you just know he's not going to do a good job and that's what we get as he messes up one thing after another. This short from MGM is 100% routine but there are still a couple good laughs to be found. One happens at the end and I won't spoil that one for you. There's one earlier on where Benchley goes to take the bad guy down but ends up getting tied up because of something else. Benchley's impersonation of a hard-hitting police chief is pretty funny. The routine nature of everything means we're not going to get any major laughs but fans of the comedian should find this entertaining.


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