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Private Detective (1939)

When they are forced to work together, rival detectives fall in love.

Director:

Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)

Writers:

Earle Snell (screen play), Raymond L. Schrock (screen play) (as Raymond Schrock) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wyman ... Myrna Winslow
Dick Foran ... Jim Rickey
Gloria Dickson ... Mona Lannon
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Brody
John Ridgely ... Donald Norton
Morgan Conway ... Nat Flavin
John Eldredge ... Millard Lannon
Joseph Crehan ... Capt. Murphy
William B. Davidson ... Inspector Evans (as William Davidson)
Selmer Jackson ... Simmy Sanger (as Selmar Jackson)
Vera Lewis ... Mrs. Widner
Julie Stevens Julie Stevens ... Elsie
Jack Mower ... Detective Dolan
Henry Blair ... Bobby Lannon
Earl Dwire ... Justice of the Peace (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Private detective "Jinx" Wilsnow is working on the case of a divorcée who is accused of murdering her ex-husband. She and police detective Jim Rickey, working on the same crime, cross and criss-cross each other's path to the extent they decide more progress would be made if they work together. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Oh Please Miss Detective... I Want To Be Arrested By You! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Dick See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$40,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Phoenix Thursday 11 October 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Salt Lake City Saturday 15 December 1956 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Portland OR Wednesday 13 March 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12). See more »

Goofs

When Detective Rickey and Brody arrive at Mona Lannon's building, they find her apartment by seeing her the name on the door. But on the following cut, after the servant opens the door, there is now only a number on the door. See more »

Quotes

Myrna "Jinx" Winslow: I'm a detective, dear.
Lt. Jim Rickey: That's perjury!
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Jane in those blond years
27 July 2019 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Jane Wyman stars as an aggressive detective driving her fiance police detective Dick Foran nuts in "Private Detective" from 1939. The film also stars Dick Foran and Maxie Rosenbloom.

The story concerns the murder of a man (John Eldredge) who has won custody of his son after a court fight with his wife (Mona Dickson). She's a suspect, but there are others. The Wyman character is determined to find out whodunit.

Wyman was no less of a good actress when she became a brunette, but the roles she got were different. I absolutely love her as a blond, always have, and she seemed to get feistier roles that were more fun. Just an opinion. She was quite a talent - she could sing, act, and was a fine artist.

Fun, fast film, o the short side but that is perfect for a film of this type.


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