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Jim Hanvey, Detective

USA 1937
produced by
Republic Pictures
directed by Phil Rosen
starring Guy Kibbee, Tom Brown, Lucie Kaye, Catherine Doucet, Edward Gargan, Edward Brophy, Helen Jerome Eddy, Theodore von Eltz, Kenneth Thomson, Howard C.Hickman, Oscar Apfel, Wade Boteler, Robert Emmett Keane

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Excentric detective Jim HAnvey (Guy Kibbee) is asked by Davis (Wade Boteler) of Intercontinental Insurance) to help find the emeralds of the Frost s(Catherine Doucet, Howard C.Hickman) that were stolen last night - & Hanvey refuses outright.

Later he is asked by Joan Frost (Lucie Kaye), daughter of the Frosts, & her fiancé Don Terry (Tom Brown) to do the same ... only with the slight difference that Don has really stolen the emeralds to win a bet he has made in a state of drunkenness, but has lost them when he passed out drunkenly.

Hanvey is in a good mood to throw the youngsters out right away for their pure stupidity, only when he sees them thereatened by gunmen Romo (Edward Brophy) & Smith (Edward Gargan) he decides to help the couple ... but before Hanvey can even do much investigating, a taxidriver shows up with the emeralds, which Don has obviously forgotten in the cab in his drunken state ...

All's well that ends well ?

Of course not. When Don wants to secretly put the emeralds back into the Frosts' safe, not only are the emeralds stolen from him, but also a corpse is placed right at his feet, making him the prime (& only) suspect. Only thanks to Hanvey can he escape ... but Hanvey has quite some troubles keeping the police from his trail when everywhere he tries to hide Don, his fiancée Joan shows up after a while - & she's of course always followed by the police. It is quite some time before Hanvey figures the only place tohide the couple is in the home of the deceased's wife (Helen Jerome Eddy), who agrees to give them shelter since she's convinced of Don's innocence.

Hanvey now goes after Romo & Smith & soon finds out they were hired by Dunn (Theodore von Eltz), the man Don has made the bet with that he could steal the emeralds & who now desperately wants to get his hands on them. However, when Hanvey thinks he has set a perfect trap to unmask Dunn as the killer, he finds out Dunn has an alibi, /& while Romo & Smith do not have an alibi, they have no intentions for being hanged for a murder they didn't commit & thus force Hanvey to keep on investigating to clear them.

In the end, Hanvey is forced to make a gamble: he persuades Don to give himself up to the police in front of all the suspects, & this way forces the real killer to show his identity ... & the killer is ... Davis, head of Intercontinental Insurances, who just got a tad too greedy.


Lighthearted & goodnatured b-murder mystery, with Guy Kibbee playing an especially cranky investigator, which makes the film somehow charming. However, at the same time the story also seems awfully constructed with some twists & turns just leading nowhere or being totally unconvincing .... including the mystery's solution.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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