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Homicide (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 2 April 1949 (USA)
Detective Landers (Robert Douglas), of the Los Angeles Homicide Bureau, suspects murder when the body of a transient ranch hand is found in a sleazy Los Angeles hotel. Unable to be assigned... See full summary »




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Complete credited cast:
Police Lt. Michael Landers
Jo Ann Rice
Sheriff George
Brad Clifton
Nick Foster
Pete Kimmel
Det. Lt. Boylan
Cliff Clark ...
Capt. Mooney
Mrs. Brucker -Landlady
Mrs. Webb


Detective Landers (Robert Douglas), of the Los Angeles Homicide Bureau, suspects murder when the body of a transient ranch hand is found in a sleazy Los Angeles hotel. Unable to be assigned officially to the case , Landers takes off on "vacation", and goes to the swanky Glorietta Springs Hotel, a book of matches with that logo having been found at the scene of the murder, but ruled by the coroner as suicide. Other clues he has is a bad hangman's knot and a saccharin pill. There, he meets the bartender, Andy (Robert Alda), and the cigarette girl, Jo Ann Marlowe (Helen Westcott.) Following a tip from Jo Ann, he goes to a nearby ranch where the "accidental" death of the owner had recently occurred. He finds a piece of telephone wire, tracks it back and finds it leads to Andy's room at the Gloriette Springs hotel. He also learns that Andy had a medical discharge from the Navy as a diabetes sufferer. Troubles and complications and an ambush follow. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

2 April 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Fall für Detektiv Landers  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Tuesday 28 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Albuquerque Monday 24 September 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), in Bellingham WA Thursday 27 September 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), and in Indianapolis Wednesday 24 July 1957 on WFBM (Channel 4). See more »


References Romance on the High Seas (1948) See more »


With a Song in My Heart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Introduced in the musical "Spring Is Here" (1929)
Played as background music in the first restaurant scene
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Not great but it's always wonderful to find a vintage noir.

This begins auspiciously but becomes implausible.

Still, it's always a treat to run into Robert Alda. And the character actress playing the landlady is the real McCoy, as are the farm folk earlier in the movie.

So many noirs are lost and forgotten, I tip my hat -- fedora, of course -- to the major cable channel that unearthed this one! May it do so with many more.

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