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Private Detective (1939)

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When they are forced to work together, rival detectives fall in love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Myrna Winslow
Dick Foran ...
Jim Rickey
Gloria Dickson ...
Mona Lannon
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
Brody (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
John Ridgely ...
Donald Norton
Morgan Conway ...
Nat Flavin
John Eldredge ...
Millard Lannon
Joseph Crehan ...
Capt. Murphy
William B. Davidson ...
Inspector Evans (as William Davidson)
Selmer Jackson ...
Simmy Sanger (as Selmar Jackson)
Vera Lewis ...
Mrs. Widner
Julie Stevens ...
Jack Mower ...
Detective Dolan
Henry Blair ...
Bobby Lannon
Earl Dwire ...
Justice of the Peace (scenes deleted)


Private detective "Jinx" Wilsnow is working on the case of a divorcée who is accused of murdering her ex-husband. She and police detective Jim Rickey, working on the same crime, cross and criss-cross each other's path to the extent they decide more progress would be made if they work together. Written by Les Adams <>

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9 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Lt. Jim Rickey: Jinx, why don't you quit playing detective?
Myrna "Jinx" Winslow: Why don't you stop pickin' on me!
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A fun way to spend 55 minutes
13 September 2005 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly good B murder romance along the lines of the Torchy Blaine series (although the Torchy Blaine flicks were a tad more entertaining). It is obvious this early in her career that Jane Wyman is headed for star status which eventually earns her the Oscar for "Johnny Belinda." Dick Foran is actually better in a romantic police lieutenant lead than he was in the saddle. His singing cowboy westerns left much to be desired. And actually Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom handles himself quite well as a comic foil, much better than many of his goofy, stupid counterparts in all those B detective movies of the 30's and early 40's. The story is not bad either and well-suited for its 55 minute time slot. A minute more would have been too long for this type movie, which in many ways is similar to the 30 to 60 minute TV shows of early television. Directors of today should learn that two hours or more is too long for most films. Much of the movie is routine but such talent before the camera makes it entertaining. If you enjoy the genre, then you should be pleased with this entry.

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