The House of Mystery (1938)

Genres - Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Detective Film  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Most reviewers in the late 1930s considered Columbia's Jack Holt vehicles to be a waste of time, but Holt still had a fairly large and loyal fan following. Accordingly, Making the Headlines posted a profit despite its many production shortcomings. The jut-jawed Holt plays racket-busting detective Nagel, who works hand-in-glove with police reporter Withers (Craig Reynolds). Whenever Nagel collars a crook, Withers prints up the story with banner headlines, which displeases Nagel's bosses. For "the good of the department," Nagel is transferred to a quieter beat, where it is hoped he'll stay out of the limelight. Fat chance! Within what seems like three minutes, our hero gets mixed up with a double-murder case and an imperiled heiress (Beverly Roberts). Throughout the film, Jack Holt is handily out-acted by the supporting cast, especially such sly scene-stealers as Tom Kennedy and John Wray; also on hand is perennial Columbia 2-reel comedy heroine Dorothy Appleby.

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detective, heir, investigator, killing, murder, police, reporter