The Homicide Squad (1931)

63 or 69 mins | Drama | 29 September 1931

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HISTORY

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a studio cutting continuity. The film opens with the following written dedication: "Dedicated to The Police Force of the Land --Vigilant-Courageous-Ready--Soldiers of Society Warring Against the Criminal, the Lawless, the Evil." According to the Var review, the dedication is followed by a still photograph of Police Commissioner Edward P. Mulrooney of New York City, and portions of his speech made to an audience at Madison Square ... More Less

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a studio cutting continuity. The film opens with the following written dedication: "Dedicated to The Police Force of the Land --Vigilant-Courageous-Ready--Soldiers of Society Warring Against the Criminal, the Lawless, the Evil." According to the Var review, the dedication is followed by a still photograph of Police Commissioner Edward P. Mulrooney of New York City, and portions of his speech made to an audience at Madison Square Garden. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
30 Aug 31
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 31
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Aug 31
p. 34.
New York Times
19 Oct 31
p. 28.
Variety
20 Oct 31
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Scr and dial
Scr and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Supv film ed
SOUND
Rec supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Mob" by Henry La Cossitt in Adventure (1 Oct 1928).
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 September 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 September 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2441
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
63 or 69
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Police captain Michael Buckley sends his policeman son Jimmy to infiltrate the mob headquarters of Big Louie Grenado, who maintains a candy store as a front for his illegal activities, to determine if Louie murdered some rival gangsters. Louie discovers Jimmy's disguise, however, and murders him. Buckley vows to arrest Louie, who has been a thorn in his side for some time, and brings in all the small-time hoods in town for interrogation. When Louie himself comes to Buckley's office, Buckley finds out that Louie is still searching for the son he lost eighteen years ago when his wife died, and Buckley uses this to get to him. He asks for help from Millie O'Dowd, daughter of a deceased cop, who is in love with Joe Riley, a truck driver trapped in the services of Louie's gang. Millie drops hints that convince Louie that Joe is the son for whom he has been looking. Louie's henchman Hugo dislikes Joe because he is not "killer" material and, hoping that Joe will be killed, he tips off police to a hijacking during which Joe will be driving. Buckley sees through this ruse, however, and manages to let the information leak to Louie that one of his men squealed. Louie realizes it was Hugo and kills him, and then tells Joe that he will arrange it so he and Millie can move to Florida, where she has relatives. Under pressure from Buckley, Joe telephones Louie and asks to meet him in Louie's candy warehouse, where Louie, unaware that police are hiding close by, openly admits that he killed Jimmie and Hugo. Louie realizes he ... +


Police captain Michael Buckley sends his policeman son Jimmy to infiltrate the mob headquarters of Big Louie Grenado, who maintains a candy store as a front for his illegal activities, to determine if Louie murdered some rival gangsters. Louie discovers Jimmy's disguise, however, and murders him. Buckley vows to arrest Louie, who has been a thorn in his side for some time, and brings in all the small-time hoods in town for interrogation. When Louie himself comes to Buckley's office, Buckley finds out that Louie is still searching for the son he lost eighteen years ago when his wife died, and Buckley uses this to get to him. He asks for help from Millie O'Dowd, daughter of a deceased cop, who is in love with Joe Riley, a truck driver trapped in the services of Louie's gang. Millie drops hints that convince Louie that Joe is the son for whom he has been looking. Louie's henchman Hugo dislikes Joe because he is not "killer" material and, hoping that Joe will be killed, he tips off police to a hijacking during which Joe will be driving. Buckley sees through this ruse, however, and manages to let the information leak to Louie that one of his men squealed. Louie realizes it was Hugo and kills him, and then tells Joe that he will arrange it so he and Millie can move to Florida, where she has relatives. Under pressure from Buckley, Joe telephones Louie and asks to meet him in Louie's candy warehouse, where Louie, unaware that police are hiding close by, openly admits that he killed Jimmie and Hugo. Louie realizes he has been framed, however, and is shot by Buckley during a gunfight. Buckley immediately orders Joe to go to Florida, and in a last gesture of kindness, reveals to Louie that Joe is not really his son, so that he can die in peace. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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