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From Headquarters (1933)

When a Broadway playboy is found dead, it's up to detective Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Robert N. Lee (screen play), Peter Milne (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Brent ... Lieut. J. Stevens
Margaret Lindsay ... Lou Winton
Eugene Pallette ... Sgt. Boggs
Robert Barrat ... Anderzian
Henry O'Neill ... Inspector Donnelly
Hugh Herbert ... Manny Wales
Dorothy Burgess ... Dolly White
Theodore Newton ... Jack Winton
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Muggs Manton
Ken Murray ... Mac
Murray Kinnell ... Horton
Edward Ellis ... Dr. Van de Water
Kenneth Thomson ... Gordon Bates
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Storyline

A wealthy Broadway playboy is found dead. He was actually a vicious blackmailer. It's up to police lieutenant Jim Stevens to pick the murderer out of several likely candidates like the cocaine addict Dolly White. And Stevens has a love-affair with Lou Ann Winton, who may or may not be mixed up in the murder. Written by Robert

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Genres:

Mystery | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Rastro Invisível See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the opening scenes, fingerprints are being rolled onto a fingerprint card and the card then removed. That is wrong in that the prints were rolled properly but prints were left off. On the bottom of the card on the right, flats are taken of the right fingers and the flat of the thumb is taken. The same is done for the left four and the thumb. This card would have been rejected as being incomplete. Three cards are usually done. One for the city police records, one for the state, and one for the FBI records. See more »

Soundtracks

Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Whistled by the policeman as he walks up the stairs
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Police methods give added interest to routine murder mystery...
15 March 2011 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

GEORGE BRENT doesn't display much enthusiasm for his role as a police detective who finds that his ex-sweetheart (MARGARET LINDSAY) is the chief suspect in the murder of a wealthy playboy. There are several suspects under police grilling and all of them tell their stories in brisk flashback technique that keeps the plot spinning in all directions so that all options are on the table in guessing "who done it." It's a ploy that doesn't work well here. A more straight-forward approach would have worked better in keeping the plot from getting too cluttered. By the time we reach a conclusion, the viewer is left hoping the story is over once and for all. What does work is showing the behind-the-scenes methods the crime labs perform in solving a case.

It's a programmer given what little life it has by a capable cast of Warner supporting players including Ken Murray, Hobart Cavanaugh, Dorothy Burgess, Eugene Palette, Theodore Newton and others and benefits from brisk direction by William Dieterle.

Summing up: A more polished script would have helped and George Brent seems too detached on this occasion to make much of his detective role.


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