In the Line of Duty (1931)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film, Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Efficiently assembled by low-budget Monogram Pictures, In the Line of Duty is a serviceable melodrama completely dominated by that splendid screen scoundrel Noah Beery Sr. On the lam from a murder rap, Beery Sr. starts life anew as a hunter in the Arctic Circle, aided and abetted by his daughter Sue Carol. Mountie James Murray, hot on Beery's trail, manages to identify his quarry by his unusual pipe and tobacco brand (See what happens when you smoke, kids?). But Murray is hesitant to arrest Beery Sr. when he falls in love with Carol. Beery Sr. solves this dilemma by conveniently expiring in a shoot-out with rival hunter Francis MacDonald. Many of the action highlights in In Line of Duty are so spectacular that one suspects they were lifted from earlier silent adventure epics.

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bad-guy, clue, collapse, conflict, daughter, good-guy, hunting, killing, love, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), murder, officer, on-the-run, responsibility, search, smoking