The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine (1942)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A remake of Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936), Republic Pictures' Affairs of Jimmy Valentine is a sequel of sorts to the oft-filmed O. Henry story Alias Jimmy Valentine. In the original tale, an incognito safecracker blew his cover by rescuing a little girl from a safe, prompting a detective who'd planned to arrest the criminal to let him off scot free. Affairs of Jimmy Valentine is set some twenty years later: A radio station decides to improve ratings by launching a nationwide search for reformed cracksman Jimmy Valentine. The search leads to a small town--and a mysterious murder. Roman Bohnen plays the kindly old editor of the small town's newspaper, who may or may not be Guess Who. Acted and directed with a slick professionalism that belies its small budget, Affairs of Jimmy Valentine has been released to TV in an abridged version titled Unforgotten Crime.

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criminal, detective, disguise, editor, going-straight, investigation, killing, manhunt, murder, newspaper, one-against-odds, publicity, publicity-stunt, radio, safecracker, search, stunt