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Homicide Bureau (1939)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  5 January 1939 (USA)
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After being criticized by the Citizens' League for his inability to cope with a crime wave, Police Captain Haines orders his men in the Homicide Bureau to clean up all their cases, but ... See full summary »

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J.G. Bliss
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Chuck Brown
Richard Fiske ...
Hank
Moroni Olsen ...
Captain Haines
Norman Willis ...
Briggs
Gene Morgan ...
Blake
Robert Paige ...
Thurston
Lee Prather ...
Jamison
Eddie Fetherston ...
Specks
Stanley Andrews ...
Police Commissioner
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After being criticized by the Citizens' League for his inability to cope with a crime wave, Police Captain Haines orders his men in the Homicide Bureau to clean up all their cases, but without violating the constitutional rights of any suspect. Detective Jim Logan is ordered to meet the incoming new-head of the Police Department lab and internal affairs, J.G. Bliss, and takes an instant dislike to her over her attitude toward criminal's rights. A murder case is turned over to Jim. Chuck Brown, the killer, informs his gang boss, Briggs, that their blackmailer has been killed and Briggs continues with his preparations to ship a cargo of scrap metal metal to foreign war lords to be used for munitions manufacture. Jim arrests Chuck, but if forced by Miss Bliss to release him on grounds of insufficient evidence. In an attempt to force a confession from Chuck, Jim goes to his apartment and, in a scuffle, causes him to fall through a window. The aroused Citizens' League, through its ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SCUTTLING A SHIP OF DEATH! MOWING DOWN THE MUNITIONS MOB! (original lobby card- all caps) See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Release Date:

5 January 1939 (USA)  »

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Investigação Criminal  »

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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Patriot Act precursor
8 June 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Political ironies abound as hopelessly right wing L.A.P.D. investigator Bruce Cabot bridles under foolish legal restraints conflicting with his tried and true police state methods such as breaking and entering, unlawful searches and seizures, and beating up suspects.

Particularly frustrating are naïve wealthy liberal matrons who misguidedly protest violations of evildoers' constitutional guarantees.

The pre-Patriot Act bad guys are colluding with warring foreign powers (read 1930s Japan and Germany) wanting American scrap metal for munitions.

Youthful lab chemist Rita Hayworth (modernly called a forensic investigator) does precise scientific sleuthing with her amazing Spectrograph, a wondrous device that tells all, even resulting in a marriage proposal from callous cop Cabot whose police brutality contributes to the gang's downfall.

A laughably bad film, concluding with the police commissioner apologizing for hampering his "coppers" with "too many kid gloves." Clearly illegal police procedures win the day keeping America's junkyards safe from hostile foreign dictatorships.

Demonstrating versatility, actor Marc Lawrence, later blacklisted in the anti-Communist 1950s, plays a fascist thug.


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