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Private Detective (1939)

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

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(as Noel Smith)

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Jim Rickey
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Mona Lannon
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Brody
John Ridgely ...
Donald Norton
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Nat Flavin
John Eldredge ...
Millard Lannon
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Capt. Murphy
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Inspector Evans (as William Davidson)
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Simmy Sanger (as Selmar Jackson)
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Mrs. Widner
Julie Stevens ...
Elsie
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Detective Dolan
Henry Blair ...
Bobby Lannon
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Justice of the Peace (scenes deleted)
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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9 December 1939 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When Myrna arrives at the Montequito Apartments, she sees the name "Mr. Donald Norton" on the row of doorbell buttons and mailboxes. To the left is the name "Lucian Croy" - which happens to be the name of a character played by Gordon Oliver in the second "Torchy Blane" film "Fly Away Baby" in 1937. See more »

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As Jim and Brady go to leave the room to go question Mona, a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the door to the right as they exit. See more »

Quotes

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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Jane on the way up
5 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1939 is considered the top year for classic films from Hollywood with the release of Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Adventures of Robin Hood and countless others, however while all those masterworks were being created it's good to remember that the studios were still cranking out B programmers to fill the bill and this is as good an example of that as any.

Jane Wyman having worked her way through bits and supporting roles has one of her first leads here as Jinx Winslow, girl detective. She's cute and sprightly and in an interesting contrast she has a few scenes with the ill fated Gloria Dickson, a promising contract player until her sad death a few years later in a house fire at just 28. In their scenes the blush of stardom is all over Jane, not only is she far more animated than Gloria but she registers on screen in a way that Dickson does not and never would. A clear demonstration of star quality, Jane is vibrant whereas Gloria is flat, it doesn't help her though that she's made up in the most overdone and unflattering hair and makeup.

As for the rest of the movie and the cast, the story is nothing that hasn't been done a million times but it moves at a good clip and that blank wall of an actor Dick Foran takes up space like he always does, how he worked so much is a mystery


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