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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.

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William Dieterle

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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 ... Ander E. 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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Mystery | Drama

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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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

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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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fast-moving programmer
29 March 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

When a Broadway playboy is found dead, it's first thought to be a suicide, then a murder. Police Lt. Jim Stevens (George Brent) is on the case. Lou Winton (Margaret Lindsay), a Broadway performer with whom he's in love, is one suspect, but he's sure she didn't do it. It's obvious from her first questioning that she's protecting someone. It turns out to be her brother. Then there's a coke addict, Dolly White (Dorothy Burgess). And what about Anderzian (Robert Barrat)?

This mystery moves right along, and is more interesting than many of these films due to the use of actual police techniques from those days - examining a bullet, getting fingerprints, and my favorite, the use of IBM punch cards and a sorting machine to search a database. This may be the first display of that technology in film. Not only interesting, but fun to see, and also to note that those techniques in one form or another continue to be used.

George Brent is handsomer, I think, without his mustache, and does a good job here as an intelligent inspector.

Hugh Herbert is on hand as a bail bondsman, and Frank McHugh is on very quickly at the beginning. This is an old one!

See if it is on TCM - you'll enjoy it.


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