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The Rookie Cop (1939)

Passed  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  28 April 1939 (USA)
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Using his trained dog, a rookie cop tries to prove his friend innocent of a robbery, despite the police commissioner's objection.



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Complete credited cast:
Janet Shaw ...
Gerry Lane
Frank M. Thomas ...
Police Chief Gordon H. Lane
Robert Emmett Keane ...
Commissioner Hugh Thomas
Monte Montague ...
Tom Hadley / Monte, a Henchman
Don Brodie ...
Frank 'Frankie' Dixon
Ralf Harolde ...
Joey Anderman, Roadhouse Owner
Muriel Evans ...
Fern, Joey's Girl
Ace the Wonder Dog ...


When his friend Tom Hadley is picked out of a lineup as one of the men who robbed furs from a warehouse, rookie cop Clem Maitland uses his police dog, Ace, to refute the eyewitness. Clem found a portion of ripped overalls at the scene, and Ace's keen sense of smell would have identified Hadley, he argued. But Police Commissioner Hugh Thomas, who doesn't believe in the usefulness of dogs in the police force, is not convinced, and Hadley is arrested. The next day, the same gang robs a payroll in broad daylight and kills the gateman after decoying Ace and Clem, who was assigned to protect the payroll. Despite being suspended, Clem tracks a glove left at the scene to one of the gang members, and takes his girl, Gerry Lane, and Ace to investigate the roadhouse being used as a front, unaware that he was spotted by the gang members, who lay in wait for them. Written by Arthur Hausner <>

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28 April 1939 (USA)  »

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G-Dog  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Written by Buddy G. DeSylva
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A clichéd crime drama that kids and dog lovers will enjoy.
21 February 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Tim Holt is fine as the title character but the film is full of the clichés common with B pictures of this sort: a police commissioner who hates dogs; the hero being captured; an all-too-easy escape, etc. And why would any man bring his girl along to investigate a place where known killers may possibly be present? To add suspense, of course! It's a watchable movie, but kids and dog fanciers will enjoy it more than I did. Ace is billed 4th as "The Wonder Dog," and he is in the tradition of smart dogs that Rin Tin Tin began in the silent era. Janet Shaw is lovely to look at as the love interest, and not a bad actress either. Virginia Weidler, as the next door neighbor kid who wants to become a cop, provides the only comic relief, and is a plus. I've always been fond of her. She's there for the kids to root for and I'm sure all will cheer when she gets to shoot her water gun full of onion juice into the eyes of a baddie.

Our forgetful filmmakers department: When Janet Shaw reads a newspaper account of a crime, we see the name in print as "Midgit Mason," but she reads it as "Monte Mason," the name the guy (Monte Montague) was called in the film.

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