Jim Hanvey, Detective 1937 NR

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(2) IMDb 6.4/10

An insurance company seeks the services of an eccentric detective to track down jewel thieves. Kibbee in the title role is hilarious. This is a really cute mystery comedy from Republic. Recommended. From 16mm.

Starring:
Guy Kibbee, Tom Brown
Runtime:
1 hour 9 minutes

Jim Hanvey, Detective

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Product Details

Genres Mystery
Director Phil Rosen
Starring Guy Kibbee, Tom Brown
Supporting actors 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, Robert Homans, Harry Tyler, Frank Darien, Charles Williams, Richard Beach, William 'Billy' Benedict, Lillian Elliott
Studio Sinister Cinema
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Very few classic Detective/Mystery films I do not like but I must admit this film would be one of the few, and possibly the first Guy Kibbee roles I am not that excited about. I Could not determine whether it was a detective/mystery, comedy/mystery, or just comedy; what ever the genre, found it too slap stick for me and not that interesting to follow.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2013
Format: DVD
SYNERGY Entertainment is a NYC based DVD-R manufacturer. Their "Archive Series" videos offer no commentary, deleted scenes, subtitles or other bonus features. Dubs are "best available source" and can vary from very good to only fair.

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The likeable star of JIM HANVEY, DETECTIVE, Guy Kibbee was a riverboat entertainer who went to Hollywood at age 49. Kibbee was a member of Warner's stock company, but here he's in a REPUBLIC 'B' unit programmer. Kid brother Milton followed him to Tinsel Town and had minor or uncredited roles in nearly 400 movies, but Guy was the more-recognized of the two, with billing in many classic films.

SYNOPSIS--
In this better-than-average murder mystery, the butler doesn't do it. In fact, he ends up room temperature.

Retired detective Hanvey is reticent to locate a stolen emerald necklace for an insurance company that's willing to pay 1K for its return, but he takes the case to help out a young couple in trouble. In order to win a bet with a pair of businessmen that he can heist the choker without being caught, the boyfriend of the dingus owner's daughter gets the safe combination from her. He absconds with the rocks intending to return them later but wakes up the next day and finds them missing.

An honest cabbie gives the young fellow the necklace that he clumsily left in the man's taxi. While he secretly tries to place the jewels back in mom's safe, a gunshot is heard. The boyfriend is then found standing over the newly-plugged corpse of the family butler.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(6.7) Jim Hanvey, Detective (1937) - Guy Kibbee/Tom Brown/Lucie Kaye/Catherine Doucet/Edward Gargan/Edward Brophy (uncredited: 'Billy' Benedict)
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