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Private Detective 62 (1933)

A down and out private eye falls for a woman he has been hired to frame.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Rian James (screen play), Raoul Whitfield (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Powell ... Free
Margaret Lindsay ... Janet
Ruth Donnelly ... Amy
Gordon Westcott ... Bandor
Arthur Hohl ... Hogan
Natalie Moorhead ... Helen Burns
James Bell ... Whitey
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Harcourt S. Burns
Irving Bacon ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

A down and out private eye falls for a woman he has been hired to frame.

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man Killer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$260,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film offers a rare example of a song written for one studio ("Isn't It Romantic?," from the Paramount musical "Love Me Tonight") appearing in a film from another studio. Usually in this period studios owned the publishing rights to songs written for films and zealously kept other studios from using them. See more »

Goofs

The credits list Ruth Donnelly as Amy Moran, and Dan Hogan introduces her to Donald Free as Amy Moran. But near the end of the film, the Process Server (Charles Lane) approaches and asks, "Your name Amy Potts?" And she answers, "Yeah." See more »

Quotes

Free: The only claim you got to being a detective is you got big feet and they're flat.
Hogan: Say, for the last time I'm telling ya, whoever heard of a man going to Atlantic City with his wife?
Free: Were you ever married?
Hogan: I was once. Why?
Free: Where'd you go for your honeymoon?
Hogan: Atlantic City.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Isn't It Romantic?
(uncredited)
from Love Me Tonight (1932)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Copyright 1932 by Famous Music Corp.
Played during opening credits and often throughout the film
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Stylish William Powell
1 August 2001 | by FrankiePaddoSee all my reviews

A good tight little film. The plot is obvious and creaky but William Powell is as stylish and suave, something he was to perfect later in the thin man series. The direction by Curtiz is well above average for the time ..... some beautiful angle shots, a nice fluid camera and I love the stair bit at the end .... in other words it is not as "stage bound" as a lot of other films from the time. The female lead, Margaret Lindsay,does a good job of looking pretty, and the great character actor Charles Lane turns up yet again. Its only about 67 minutes long and its a hoot .... pity the story isn't up to scratch (although they managed to sneak in a character called Whitey who is a hop head and at one stage is told to lay off the "snow") and it starts off slow otherwise it would be a mini classic ( like Powell's other film of about the same time "Jewell Robbery")


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