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Women from Headquarters (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 1 May 1950 (USA)
Joyce Harper is an ex-Army nurse who enters police work with the L.A. Police Department, when her friend Ruby gets involved with a petty crook, Max Taylor refuses to listen to Joyce's ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances Charles ...
Max Taylor
K. Elmo Lowe ...
Police Captain Parr
Joe Calla
Grandon Rhodes ...
Richard Cott
Bert Conway ...
Leo Pawley
Bessie Collier
Sidney Marion ...
Drunk Customer (as Sid Marion)
John De Simone ...
2nd Drunk (as John DeSimone)
Gil Herman ...
Police Captain Brady
Police Officer Allen


Joyce Harper is an ex-Army nurse who enters police work with the L.A. Police Department, when her friend Ruby gets involved with a petty crook, Max Taylor refuses to listen to Joyce's warnings, and eventually marries the hoodlum. Joyce gets through the detailed trained required to become an L.A. policewoman, and she and her newly-assigned detective partner, Harvey Gates cleanup up a skid-row Bar-girl scheme.And she and Gates are told to get the goods on a narcotics gang ran by Richard Cott , and Ruby and Max Taylor reappear. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama






Release Date:

1 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Woman from Headquarters  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The police chief played by Luther Crockett is based on real life Police Chief William A. Worton. See more »

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15 November 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews


Republic Pictures produced this lightweight story of Policewomen with the Los Angeles Police Force.

Virginia Huston headlines as a woman just out of the Military who is looking for a worthwhile job. Barbara Fuller, Huston's roommate, is grabbed up as an underage drinker in a bar ran by low-life criminal, Otto Waldis. Fuller has been hanging with Norman Budd. Budd makes a living selling dope.

The Police bring Fuller home and release her to Huston's custody. Huston has a talk with the Policewoman who brought Fuller home. Huston decides that being a cop might be the life she is looking for.

Huston joins up and after training is soon put to work out in the field. She helps on several undercover jobs and makes a few big arrests. Her partner, Robert Rockwell falls for the pretty Huston. The two are soon an item when off duty.

The brass like her fearless take charge attitude and bring her into the drug squad. She is to go to work as a b-girl at Otto Waldis' club. The Police have long suspected that Waldis and his crew, besides rolling drunks, is a link to the heroin trade higher ups.

The crooks tumble to the undercover and ruin the Police play. They do manage to pull in Waldis on a murder beef, when a drunk dies while being rolled in the bar. The Police catch a break when former roommate, Fuller reappears in town. Fuller had married crook Budd and moved to Chicago. Budd however had killed a man during a deal gone bad and the couple had returned to L.A.

Budd was picked up on a charge here and is going away for 20. Huston talks him into helping set up the big boss. Huston promises to make sure that Fuller gets back to her family out east.

Budd introduces Huston to all the proper people and Huston soon has a meet with the narcotics gang boss, Grandon Rhodes. The meet goes bad and Budd catches a bullet in the gut. Rockwell and the Police rush the place and capture Rhodes, but several of the crooks make off in a car with Huston as a hostage.

Huston manages to get away and returns to headquarters with the address of the main drug storage. Rockwell, Huston and another Detective raid the place. Rockwell and the other Detective are gobbled up by the crooks. Huston manages to reach a phone and call for reinforcements. A carload of uniform types are soon booting in the door. After a brisk gunfight with the villains, they rescue Rockwell and company.

This one is a rather mild film for the usually on the button director, George Blair. The story starts slow, then, it becomes a recruiting film for the LA Police. It does pick up the pace in the last 10-15 minutes, but by then the viewer has lost interest. (A better print might have helped) Since I'm a fan of the director, I'll give him a pass on this one. Blair knocked out several first-rate low budget crime and film noir during his time at REPUBLIC PICTURES. These include, END OF THE ROAD, EXPOSED, POST OFFICE INVESTIGATOR, UNMASKED, FEDERAL AGENT AT LARGE, LONELY HEART BANDITS, SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO and INSURANCE INVESIGATOR.

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