Homicide Bureau (1939)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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On the verge of superstardom, Rita Hayworth played in scores of minor dramas like Homicide Bureau, an entertaining little crime story released a scant three months before her big breakthrough, Howard Hawk's Only Angels Have Wings. She plays J.G. Bliss, a girl scientist assigned to help the city's beleaguered homicide squad. When an accused murderer, Chuck Brown (Marc Lawrence), is released for lack of evidence, J.G. and Lieutenant Jim Logan (Bruce Cabot) do their best to have the decision reversed. Jim discovers that Brown is a member of a secret society hiding behind the seemingly innocent name of "the Junk Dealer's Trade Organization," which in reality is engaged in selling scrap metal to a certain enemy power (read: Germany). But with the adoring J.G. at his side, the intrepid hero not only saves his boss, Captain Haines (Moroni Olsen), from a kidnapping, but manages to catch the entire gang of crooks, including their leader, Ed Briggs (Norman Willis).

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bad-guy, convict, detective, ex-convict, expose [revelation], foreign, gangster, good-guy, homicide, laboratory, lawman, metal, nasty, outlaw [Western], outrage, police, questioning [police interrogation], secrets, technician, tracking [following], war