Monday, October 8, 2018

Jim Hanvey - Detective (1937)

A charming yet curious detective film. The film subverts so much what you might expect from detective films of this era.

Guy Kibbee is Jim Hanvey, a retired rather bumbling but wise cracking detective. He is called upon to find some stolen emeralds, only the man who is thought to have stolen them Don (Tom Brown) and his beau Joan (Lucie Kaye) turn up at his home and admit it.

So begins a rather complicated case involving double crossing and murder. It is all rather chaotic but Jim Hanvey's jovial and cheery dialogue carries the film. Plus Joan's mother (Catharine Doucet) has some great lines.