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Cast overview:
Sim Perkins
Nora Barry
Henry 'Hank' Hyer
Strike Belno
Greta Barry
Harvey Stephens ...
Paul Broderick
Purnell Pratt ...
President Arthur L. McShean
Barlowe Borland ...
Dean Wilfred Everett Olney
Earle Foxe ...
Tom Barry
Howard Sayforth
Lil (as Terry Ray)
Nick Lukats ...
Jack Chapin ...
Taxi Driver
Inspector Simpson


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Comedy | Mystery





Release Date:

24 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mistério na Universidade  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Followed by Partners in Crime (1937) See more »

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early Columbo? Plus Crabbe as a gangster!
16 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film reminded me of Columbo, only a lot better. It was a blast to see Buster Crabbe playing a gnarly gangster. He was darn good at it too. I really enjoyed this murder mystery/gangster flick a lot. It was pure 1930s gumshoe fun. The cast was excellent, especially Crabbe, Marsha Hunt and the fellow playing Hank Hyer, the private detective. Things move along at a quick pace and there is plenty going on to keep you interested. Detective Hyer is very good...he can be tough, smooth with the ladies, a bit of a scam artist, and a good pal all at the same time. I watched this on a bad digital transfer but still had fun. It would be awesome to see it again with a more watchable version. I recommend it to fans of vintage tough guy/mystery movies. The story is pretty good but the acting and direction are excellent. Sweet cast for sure! The dialog was wonderful.

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