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No Hands on the Clock (1941)

The first of three Pine-Thomas productions for Chester Morris finds him as wise-cracking private detective Humphrey Campbell who impresses his boss, Oscar Flack, no end by not only finding ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (novel) (as Geoffrey Holmes), Maxwell Shane (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Humphrey Campbell
Jean Parker ... Louise Campbell
Rose Hobart ... Marion West
Dick Purcell ... Red Harris
Astrid Allwyn ... Gypsy Toland
Rod Cameron ... Tom Reed
George Watts George Watts ... Oscar Flack
James Kirkwood ... Warren Benedict
Billie Seward ... Rose Madden
Robert Middlemass ... Police Chief Bates
Grant Withers ... Harry Belding
Lorin Raker Lorin Raker ... Clyde Copley
George J. Lewis ... Dave Paulson (as George Lewis)
Ralph Sanford ... Officer Gimble
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The first of three Pine-Thomas productions for Chester Morris finds him as wise-cracking private detective Humphrey Campbell who impresses his boss, Oscar Flack, no end by not only finding a missing girl but also marrying her in the process. So Flack sends him to celebrate his honeymoon in the Divorce Capital of the world, Reno, Nevada, to find a missing man. Along the way, in a mixture of big city crime and old-west settings, Humphrey encounters a large assortment of suspicious characters, all of whom are also suspicious of the others. A comedy that also includes some killings along the way. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Thrillingest...Chillingest Adventure of the year! See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ronda da Morte See more »

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Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Yet another enjoyable B from Morris
26 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Chester Morris stars as an investigator who finds lost persons. In his latest case, he found a woman (Jean Parker) and married her and is planning on a nice honeymoon in Reno of all places (nothing says romance than this city famed for its divorces!). Soon, however, Chester's pesky boss locates them and convinces him to take one more 'easy case'. Well, naturally the case is anything but easy and involves lots of peril. Can the couple manage to finish the case and survive at least long enough to consummate their marriage?

There isn't anything especially deep or memorable about this film--it's a low- budgeted B-mystery and Hollywood made a bazillion of these back in the 30s and 40s. It's a bit better than many simply because Morris is so good in such roles and Parker is cute as his rather clueless bride--though I must admit that the plot is a bit more complicated and confusing than the norm.


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