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Man from Headquarters (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 23 January 1942 (USA)
Reporter Larry Doyle is rewarded for his role in the capture of the Pardoni gang, but then loses his job on a frame-up to keep him from testifying. He goes to a neighboring city, meets Ann ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Weston
Dick Elliott ...
Editor Elwin A. Jonas
Byron Foulger ...
Hotel Manager Clark
John Maxwell ...
Managing Editor Marvin
Robert Kellard ...
Hotel Clerk
Mel Ruick ...
District Attorney Johnson
Gwen Kenyon ...
Hat Check Girl
Whalen, Reporter
Christine McIntyre ...
Telegraph Girl
Max Hoffman Jr. ...
Gang Leader Louis Padroni
Paul Bryar ...
Goldie Shores
Maynard Holmes ...
T. Fulton Whistler
Charlie Hall ...
Newspaper Photographer (as Charles Hall)


Reporter Larry Doyle is rewarded for his role in the capture of the Pardoni gang, but then loses his job on a frame-up to keep him from testifying. He goes to a neighboring city, meets Ann and, before he gets another reporting job, has to pawn his engraved revolver with a fence in league with the gangsters also part of Pardoni's mob. The gang gets the revolver from the fence and plant it at their next job, but Larry is on their trail and captures them at the pawn shop. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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"THEY DON'T DARE KILL A REPORTER!" It's easy for an editor to say that, but he knows if he puts the finger on an underworld czar, he is a dead man!


Comedy | Crime






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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in New York City Friday 9 July 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Monday 5 September 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »


When the characters visit the pawn shop for the second time, they hand the receipt to 'Nate,' who places it on his account booklet. They leave the room, and the next time the counter is shown, it is bare. See more »


Remake of The Mystery Man (1935) See more »

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A drama, a crime and a comedy film.

I won't say anything about the story, our friend Long Horn has already told it, in the summary line. I will only point out that this film is not charmless, typical of the early forties, not boring to watch, a good Monogram time waster. But certainly not a real noir gem, as I could expect. Anyway, I am pleased to have seen a Jean Yarbrough film, so rare, and also so pleasant to catch. It sometimes sounds like a comedy, but it is not a really one either. Many movies were this way over the years, especially till the fifties. Afterwards, this kind of mix up was more rare to see. There still was some crime comedies, but not this way, of course.

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