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Officer Thirteen (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 26 November 1932 (USA)
A motorcycle policeman's partner is deliberately run off the road and killed by a member of a syndicate that controls the gambling--and much of the justice system--in his town. When the ... See full summary »


George Melford


Paul Edwards (story), Frances Hyland (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Monte Blue ... Tom Burke
Lila Lee ... Doris Dane
Charles Delaney ... Sandy Malone
Robert Ellis ... Jack Blake
Frances Rich Frances Rich ... Joan Thorpe
Joseph W. Girard ... Chief of Police Kramer (as Joseph Girard)
Seena Owen ... Trixi Du Bray
Mickey Rooney ... Buddy Malone (as Mickey McGuire)
Jackie Searl ... Sammy (as Jackie Searle)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Judge Dane
Florence Roberts ... Granny
George Humbert George Humbert ... Fruit Vendor
Dot Meyberg Dot Meyberg ... Dolores
Charles O'Malley Charles O'Malley ... Pete Billings
Allan Cavan Allan Cavan ... Police Captain Reed


A motorcycle policeman's partner is deliberately run off the road and killed by a member of a syndicate that controls the gambling--and much of the justice system--in his town. When the killer is freed because of perjured testimony and the corrupt legal system, the dead officer's partner quits the force and vows to bring the killer to justice. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Revenge! Corruption! MURDER!!


Crime | Drama


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English | Italian

Release Date:

26 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Officer 13 See more »

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Production Co:

M.H. Hoffman Inc. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Postwar telecast as early as 14 May 1949 on WABD (Channel 5 ) in New York. See more »

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Very good cast with some good dialog in a rather slow drama
8 May 2015 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Lovely Lila Lee is the top-billed female, but she is generally upstaged by pert Frances Rich, who is given a juicier, if smaller, part.

Both deserved a long and well-paid career. Alas, today they are unknown.

Monte Blue had a very long career, though he too is not very well known today. He had looks and talent and did keep busy as long as he wanted.

Mickey McGuire didn't exactly disappear: He became Mickey Rooney, one of the biggest stars of the century. Deservedly. Here, as a child, he was probably the best actor on the set. Until he got just a few years older, he was controlled and in control, always perfectly under-stated and perfectly believable.

Alas, later, he needed firmer directorial hands than he usually got and he was too often over the top.

Again, here he was perfect, one of the finest actors in motion picture history.

He had a partner in the child part of the story, Jackie Searle. Young Mr. Searle was another extraordinary actor, but one who never reached the heights he also deserved.

They and a generally very good cast had a slow-moving story that still keeps one's attention in a taut drama that seems about to let the bad guys win, as is so often true in real life.

"Officer Thirteen," or "Officer 13," is a low-budget but more than adequate entertainment, one I can recommend, even in the not-so-hot print at YouTube.

It might have more historical than entertainment value, but it does have both.

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