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Inside Information (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 2 June 1939 (USA)
A rookie cop and his girlfriend's uncle, a police captain, disagree on the methods that should be used to catch criminals.


Charles Lamont


Alex Gottlieb (story "47th Precenct"), Martin Mooney (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Dick Foran ... Danny Blake
Harry Carey ... Captain Bill Dugan
June Lang ... Kathleen Burke
Mary Carlisle ... Crystal
Addison Richards ... Gerald Banford
Joe Sawyer ... Detective Grazzi (as Joseph Sawyer)
Grant Richards ... Charles Bixby
Selmer Jackson ... Alfred Huxley
Paul McVey ... Carl Crawford
Frederick Burton ... Police Commissioner Fenton
Robert Homans ... Casey
John Harmon ... Frenchy


In the ninth entry if Universal's "Crime Club" series, a tag-line series identification taken from a Crime Book-of-the-Month Club...and not the name of the Universal production company, rookie policeman Danny Blake learns from Police Captain Bill Dugan, uncle of Danny's sweetheart, Kathleen Dugan, that forensics plays a larger part in capturing and convicting criminals than Danny's preferred mash-and-bash methods...but a gun also comes in handy. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They could duck the hand of the law...but they couldn't evade the eye of the microscope! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

2 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Epistimos diarriktis See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Shot April 24-early May 1939, released June 2. See more »

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It takes a heel to catch a heel
9 June 2010 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1939's "Inside Information" is one of the rarest Universal titles, with an assembly of actors typical of this studio. Western hero Dick Foran stars as Danny Blake, rookie cop in the precinct of Captain Bill Dugan (Harry Carey), a strict by-the-numbers traditionalist unwilling to accept the new guy's up-to-date scientific detective methods. One of Danny's innovations is a handgun with a camera attached, which comes in handy when a jewel robbery ends with the death of fellow officer Casey (Robert E. Homans), who managed to photograph his killers during the shootout. Danny finds a piece of paper on the floor at the jewelers, and identifies the culprit by the heel of his shoe. Charles Bixby (Grant Richards), the guilty party, leads the police to the mastermind who hired him, jeweler Gerald Banford (Addison Richards), with a secret room where the stolen gems are cut. Usually cast in the role of murder victim, Addison Richards enjoys being the main villain, while Grant Richards had previously starred as detective Philo Vance in 1937's "Night of Mystery." Harry Strang appears unbilled (as he usually was) as one of Bixby's accomplices, and Robert Frazer ("White Zombie," "The Vampire Bat," "Black Dragons") plays a fellow cop. An enjoyable view of police procedures circa 1939, with both Dick Foran and Harry Carey shining as adversaries who end up respecting one another. Foran would move on to do "My Little Chickadee," "The Mummy's Hand," "Horror Island," "The Mummy's Tomb," and "The Atomic Submarine" (he died in 1979). Carey was coming off his superb turn as President of the Senate in Frank Capra's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (he died in 1947).

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