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Private Detective 62 (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 10 June 1933 (USA)
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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

10 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Detective See more »

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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

Though the film is called "Private Detective 62," neither William Powell's character nor anyone else is actually referred to by that code number. 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

Amy Moran: It takes a whole crew to wreck a house, but boy, how one many can wreck a home.
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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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$50,000 worth of romance
27 September 2007 | by Patriotlad@aol.comSee all my reviews

Once again, the Turner Classic Movies network scores a touchdown for hard-core fans of William Powell !! This film is a depression-era gem and because it features Powell as a good guy who's not above conniving, it works beautifully.

The subtext of the movie -- the ritzy society dame who has an amazing knack for winning at roulette -- fully supports the context, which is what does a smart gentleman do when he's down on his luck ? In this film, Powell acts the part with panache and enthusiasm. He's not too good to take on the kind of almost-X-rated detective work that made "private eyes" synonymous with cads and bounders ....

But his character draws the line at fleecing the society diva played by Margaret Lindsay. In some ways this entertaining "detective fiction" steps way outside the usual social norms, and for that alone it gets a seven out of ten. Powell is amazingly charming in this film, and given the context of his employment, it is a bit of a fantasy scenario.

Like some other films of this specific time period, the fictional treatment of "New York swells" who gamble and win or lose what were then truly fabulous sums of money, was surely part of the appeal to the aforementioned "fantasy." People who were lucky to gross $ 2000 in a year's time, in that time, would have been, perhaps, a bit scandalized by seeing a privileged social butterfly knocking down the "house" for $ 50,000 at the roulette table !! But it made the otherwise fantastic notions of the film ever-so-much more believable.

Powell really sparkles in this movie. He's so very suave and urbane and yet just a little bit of bitterness comes through in the way he uses the dialog his character is given. Almost every time I have seen the whole of a Powell performance from this era, I come away somewhat astounded at the fluid nature of his talent.

"My Man Godfrey" remains my favorite film, of course, in the Powell repertoire but this detective story is both quirky and fantastic and ultimately believable just because Powell carries it all the way through. And yea, the final sequence where he's sprinting up stairs to embrace the lovely socialite -- who proposed marriage to him !! -- is very clever and pleasing. This is a great Powell vehicle and to see it without commercials on TCM was a real pleasure.


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