The Lineup (1934)

Genres - Crime, Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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William Gargan plays his first movie detective (but definitely not his last) in Columbia's The Lineup. The hero, a gumshoe named Bob (Gargan), is on the trail of a gang of fur smugglers. Deducing that a posh nightclub serves as the front for the villain's activities, he arrests everybody in the joint and subjects them to the humiliation of a police lineup. One of the unfortunates dragged into headquarters is innocent hat-check girl Peggy (Marian Nixon), who's beautiful when she's angry. Smitten by Peggy, Bob ultimately enlists her aid in tracking down the genuine culprits (that's some way to treat your girlfriend!) For its initial New York engagement, The Lineup was shown on a double bill with another Columbia cops-and-robbers quickie, One is Guilty.

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accusation, robbery, club [organization], criminal, detective, employment, false-accusation, gangster, innocence, investigation, private-detective, promotion, sidekick