Inside Information (1939)

61 mins | Drama | 2 June 1939

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writer:

Alex Gottlieb

Producer:

Irving Starr

Cinematographer:

Arthur Martinelli

Editor:

Harry Keller

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Crime Club Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Metropolitan Police . According to a news item in LAT , writer Robertson White was originally slated to write the screenplay, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The picture was based on the unpublished story "47th Precinct" by Martin Mooney and Burnet Hershey. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Westland Case ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Metropolitan Police . According to a news item in LAT , writer Robertson White was originally slated to write the screenplay, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The picture was based on the unpublished story "47th Precinct" by Martin Mooney and Burnet Hershey. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index and See Entry for The Westland Case . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Jun 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Jun 39
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Apr 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Apr 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 39
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
22-Apr-39
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Motion Picture Daily
7 Jun 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
10 Jun 39
p. 32.
Variety
14 Jun 39
p. 14.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Metropolitan Police
Release Date:
2 June 1939
Production Date:
24 April--early May 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
14 June 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8910
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5384
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Captain Bill Dugan is an old-fashioned, two-fisted policeman who has used strong-arm methods for twenty years and therefore has no patience with the newer scientific methods of law enforcement. Inevitably, Dugan clashes with Danny Blake, a rookie who believes in the new methods and is also in love with Dugan's niece, Kathleen Burke. The precinct is being plagued by a series of unsolved jewel robberies, and Danny determines to resolve them by using scientific techniques. Tracing a heelprint that he has found at the scene of a robbery, Danny identifies Charles Bixby as one of the gang. Bixby is brought in for questioning, but later released because of insufficient evidence. Following Bixby to a jewelry store owned by Banford, Danny calls Dugan to make an arrest, but Bixby disappears before the captain arrives, and Danny is suspended from the force for harassing Banford. Enlisting the aid of Grazzi, another officer, Danny investigates Banford's establishment and finds evidence that links the jeweler and the robberies. Danny talks Bixby into turning state's evidence, but the thief is murdered by one of Banford's men before he can testify. Before dying, Bixby tells Danny that Banford is really Max Stockton, a jewel thief who supposedly died in a prison fire, and warns him about a planned robbery the following night. As a result of the Bixby fiasco, Dugan is demoted and Danny jailed for impersonating an officer. In his cell, Danny scuplts a wax model to prove that Banford is really Stockton, and when Kathleen brings her uncle to see the model, Dugan realizes that Danny is right. Danny is then released from jail and joins ... +


Captain Bill Dugan is an old-fashioned, two-fisted policeman who has used strong-arm methods for twenty years and therefore has no patience with the newer scientific methods of law enforcement. Inevitably, Dugan clashes with Danny Blake, a rookie who believes in the new methods and is also in love with Dugan's niece, Kathleen Burke. The precinct is being plagued by a series of unsolved jewel robberies, and Danny determines to resolve them by using scientific techniques. Tracing a heelprint that he has found at the scene of a robbery, Danny identifies Charles Bixby as one of the gang. Bixby is brought in for questioning, but later released because of insufficient evidence. Following Bixby to a jewelry store owned by Banford, Danny calls Dugan to make an arrest, but Bixby disappears before the captain arrives, and Danny is suspended from the force for harassing Banford. Enlisting the aid of Grazzi, another officer, Danny investigates Banford's establishment and finds evidence that links the jeweler and the robberies. Danny talks Bixby into turning state's evidence, but the thief is murdered by one of Banford's men before he can testify. Before dying, Bixby tells Danny that Banford is really Max Stockton, a jewel thief who supposedly died in a prison fire, and warns him about a planned robbery the following night. As a result of the Bixby fiasco, Dugan is demoted and Danny jailed for impersonating an officer. In his cell, Danny scuplts a wax model to prove that Banford is really Stockton, and when Kathleen brings her uncle to see the model, Dugan realizes that Danny is right. Danny is then released from jail and joins Dugan as they arrest Banford in the middle of a robbery. With Banford's arrest, Danny is vindicated, and Dugan finally admits that science can win over brawn. +

GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Police


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