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The first of three Pine-Thomas productions for Chester Morris finds him as wise-cracking private detective Humphrey Campbell who impresses his boss, Oscar Flack, no end by not only finding a missing girl but also marrying her in the process. So Flack sends him to celebrate his honeymoon in the Divorce Capital of the world, Reno, Nevada, to find a missing man. Along the way, in a mixture of big city crime and old-west settings, Humphrey encounters a large assortment of suspicious characters, all of whom are also suspicious of the others. A comedy that also includes some killings along the way. Written by
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Music by Louis Alter (uncredited)
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Detective Humphrey (Chester Morris) is newly married to Louise (Jean Parker) and is assigned a task to find a missing man in Reno. So the story begins.................and good luck following what happens!
This film is played as a comedy which can be a bit irritating at times. For instance, Humphrey and Louise shouting at each other in the shower scene that also includes a comedy policeman routine. We also have a scene where Oscar (George Watts) and Louise carry on a conversation with Humphrey standing in the way of them both and it is overdone. The quality of the film isn't very good and this ruins the overall experience as we have to sit through moments of complete darkness. What on earth is happening? This is doubly frustrating as the film starts at quite a good pace and then gets faster while introducing various new characters. And you have no idea why they are in the film. And then you get thrown into moments of darkness so you end up thinking "who the hell are these people in this scene that I can't see and where on earth is this story going now?"
Chester Morris and Jean Parker are both likable in the main roles - a sort of "Thin Man" team - and the film is resolved in that familiar gather everyone together routine to announce the killer but by that stage you won't have a clue as to what is happening and who is who. The film is over-complicated. Shame that it is also poor quality.
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