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No Hands on the Clock (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 December 1941 (USA)
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 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 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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Music by Louis Alter (uncredited)
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Chester Morris Gets Jean Parker....and the Story Begins
22 July 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's one of the movies that Chester Morris starred in for Pine-Thomas, producers of good B movies for Paramount. Morris plays a private detective who has just married his occasional co-star Jean Parker, when they get involved in a missing person case in Reno.

It's a decent effort, although director Frank MacDonald directs it with his budget clearly in mind, and Miss Parker seems to be doing a Paulette Goddard imitation. There are mild screwball overtones, and Morris is good at them, but there are too many suspects left in from Daniel Mainwaring's novel.

Still, as with most of the Pine-Thomas productions, there's a good deal of pleasure watching actors and actresses either before they became famous (there's Rod Cameron away from the westerns), or past their glory days (Jack Norton, perennial comic drunk, plays a bar tender!), While by no means one of Pine-Thomas' better productions, it gets the job done.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1941 (USA) See more »

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A Ronda da Morte See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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