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Charlie McCarthy, Detective (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 December 1939 (USA)
Scotty Hamilton is a reporter who works for a crooked editor. Bill Banning is another reporter who is about to expose the editor's ties to the mob. When the editor is killed, both reporter ... See full summary »

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Scotty Hamilton is a reporter who works for a crooked editor. Bill Banning is another reporter who is about to expose the editor's ties to the mob. When the editor is killed, both reporter Banning and mobster Tony Garcia are suspected. However, Hamilton's friend Edgar Bergen solves the case (without much help from Charlie McCarthy). Written by Richard Nathan <Richard-Nathan@worldnet.att.net>

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Trimmed prior to release?
15 April 2016 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This picture should have been much better than it is. Universal would have done well to have made it an all-out screwball affair instead of making it a pseudo-serious mystery picture. The comedy sequences are fine and Edgar Kennedy makes a terrific foil for Charlie. Of course, the real mystery of the film is its running time. Many of the original trade sources indicate a 77 or 75 minute running time, though none with any actual footage count. My guess is that the film previewed at 75 and was hastily trimmed to 65 for release. The most obvious trim is at the very end where it is quite apparent a reprise of "I'm Charlie McCarthy Detective" was cut with a fade-out/fade-in inserted before the End Title. The film was released in 8 reels, which also suggests trimming just prior to distribution. This is by no means a bad film, just a bit of a disappointment.


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