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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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Details

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

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

Amy Moran: How long you gonna be gone?
Free: From now on.
Amy Moran: You mean you're quitin'?
Free: Yeah.
Amy Moran: I don't blame ya, I guess. But when you walk out of here, every bit of decency goes with ya.
Free: Thanks, Amy.
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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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********Dependable Powell
26 June 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Thoroughly enjoyed this one which was even better due to the stellar presence of William Powell. Apart from the fact that he adds immeasurably to any film he's in, this one has an especially good plot with no lulls in the narrative. Here he is part con man, part ladies man and part quick-witted private eye., just the type of part Powell excels in.

The film sports an excellent director in Michael Curtiz (10 years before "Casablanca"), who gets a lot of mileage out of a supporting cast of proven Hollywood veterans. The script is first class and the screenplay has enough twists and surprises to satisfy even the most jaded movie-goer. I also added an extra star for William Powell's presence because he never disappoints.

8/10 - the website no longer prints my start rating.


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