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Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 16 September 1933 (USA)
Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as "kindergarten" work. When a young woman asks him to help ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Norma Roberts
... Captain Webb (as Lewis S. Stone)
... Butch Saunders
... Belle Saunders
... Joe Musik
... Pete
... Hank Slade
... Therme Roberts
... Mrs. Paul
... Caesar Paul
... Alice Crane
Wallis Clark ... Mr. Paul
Adrian Morris ... Detective Irish Conlin
Clay Clement ... Burton C. Kingman
... Theodore Arno
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Butch Saunders has been transferred to Missing Persons because he was too brutal in other police work. He regards the assignment as "kindergarten" work. When a young woman asks him to help locate her husband, Therme, he learns that she is really Norma Phillips, wanted by Chicago police for murder of her husband. She escapes, but Saunders borrows a corpse from the morgue to arrange her fake funeral. The trap brings the woman and Therme to the mortuary out of curiosity. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Biuro osób zaginionych  »

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Though Bette Davis is top-billed, she does not appear until the 32nd minute of this 73-minute movie. See more »

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Butch Saunders: I betcha a dollar six bits.
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Referenced in Arena: Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »

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entertaining AND stupid!
27 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie really can only be enjoyed if the viewers turn off their brain. That's because although the movie is unique and diverting, at times the plot and writing is abysmal. The plot has holes and improbabilities galore and the character played by Pat O'Brien must be most the stupidest and most unbelievably violent cop of the 1930s. If policemen had REALLY been this dumb, I don't know how we ever could have made it through the decade! Plus, if you combine all his civil rights violations (kicking in doors without warrants, arresting people recklessly and savagely beating his bigamist wife at the end of the film), you get a truly annoying character.

However, if you turn off your brain and watch the film JUST for its entertainment value, it's pretty good stuff. Plus, while it didn't do a lot to make Bette Davis a star, it did give her top billing AND her character was a lot better written than O'Brien's.

Entertaining AND stupid--that about says it all!


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