The Midnight Patrol (1932)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Upon her release from prison, Joyce Greeley (Edwina Booth) is promptly and mysteriously murdered. Fledgling crime reporter John Martin (Regis Toomey) wants to find out why and also wants to discern the role of Joyce's lawyer Judson (Earl Foxe) in this whole sordid mess. Martin befriends the dead woman's sister Ellen (Betty Bronson) then extracts an important piece of evidence from deaf-mute Dummy Black (Mischa Auer in his pre-comedy days). Things come to a head when the villain is trapped in his own web of deceit -- and by his own accomplice. Former boxing great Jim Jeffries and silent comedy star Snub Pollard appear as themselves in a nightclub sequence. This Midnight Patrol is sometimes confused with the 1933 Laurel and Hardy two-reeler of the same title.

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killing, interview, investigation, journalism, mute, naivete, prison, reporter, scoop [journalism], sign-language