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Homicide Bureau (1939)

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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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Complete credited cast:
J.G. Bliss
Chuck Brown
Richard Fiske ...
Moroni Olsen ...
Captain Haines
Norman Willis ...
Gene Morgan ...
Robert Paige ...
Lee Prather ...
Eddie Fetherston ...
Stanley Andrews ...
Police Commissioner


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 January 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Investigação Criminal  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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Mildly Entertaining
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Homicide Bureau (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fun and fast paced Columbia 'B' film has Bruce Cabot playing a homicide detective who wants to use force to get confessions from some gangsters trying to take the city over. If you're a fan of 'B' films then you should get a kick out of this one since there's never a dull moment within its 57-minute running time. There's plenty of fast action as well as a nice shoot out at the end that makes this one a tad bit better than most in its field. Cabot is always worth watching and he does a nice job here. Rita Hayworth has a small supporting role as a forensic expert.

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