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Jim Hanvey, Detective (April 5, 1937)

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Guy Kibbee in Jim Hanvey, Detective
 

Released on April 5, 1937: (running time 53 minutes) A retired detective country farmer helps a young couple recover a stolen necklace and get out of a murder rap by uncovering the real killer.

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Guy Kibbee (James Woolford Hanvey), Tom Brown (Don Terry), Lucie Kaye (Joan Frost), Catherine Doucet (Adelaide Frost), Edward Gargan (O.R. Smith), Edward Brophy (Romo), Helen Jerome Eddy (Mrs. Tom Ellis), Theodore von Eltz (Dunn), Kenneth Thomson (W.B. Elwood), Howard C. Hickman (Herbert Frost), Oscar Apfel (Lambert), Wade Boteler (Davis. insurance investigator), Robert Emmett Keane (editor), Robert Homans (Sheriff Garrett), Harry Tyler (taxi driver), Frank Darien (Pete, horse and buggy owner), Charles Williams (Brackett, insurance company clerk delivering the cash), Richard Beach (unknown), William 'Billy' Benedict (copy boy), Lillian Elliott (society woman), Fern Emmett (noisy neighbor), Sam Flint (unknown), Gladys Gale (society woman), June Johnson (June), Dick Rush (policeman standing behind Terry at police station)

 

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The Farmer Detective and the Dumb and Dumber Henchmen

The big name stars from the early days of motion pictures are always fun to watch, but for my money I get a real kick out of the character actors . . . they don't have the rugged good looks and the best lines in most movies, but they always entertain . . . and that is what it is all about.

In this movie the biggest Hollywood name would have to be Theodore von Eltz, who rose to star fame as a silent screen heart-throb for the ladies, and continued his long leading man career into the 1950's, but he has a very small part in this adventure. The three actors that dominate the story are all character actors.

Our bumbling farmer detective, Guy Kibbee, is an overweight character actor who started his show business career on a Mississippi river boat at the age of thirteen, and went on to act in over one hundred movies and television shows. The other two character actors are Edward Gargan, who usually had very small parts as a policeman, and Edward Brophy, who usually played the part of the street wise but book dumb henchman. In this murder mystery they are two henchmen who are trying to become gangsters, but fail horribly as they become attached to our detective and wind up helping him solve the murder.

What a hoot! This is going to be fun! As our movie opens we meet Jim Hanvey, detective, as he is on his farm hunting for a rabbit that will become dinner, and some big city insurance men are begging him to take a case about a valuable missing necklace. After he refuses them, a young couple interrupts his breakfast and confess to the theft.

It looks like this will be a very short crime adventure, but this leads to that and not only are the stolen jewels missing, but murder intrudes into the story. We will watch the farmer detective as he bumbles his way past every reasonble suspect and on to the killer. My dad and mom were both brought up on farms, and dad was fond of saying that the best education a person could boast of was "Horse Sense," which is much better than the rarely found "Common Sense." Farmer Jim Hanvey has a ton of horse sense as he leads us to the killer and the stolen jewels. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Guy Kibbee
Guy Kibbee
Edward Gargan and Edward Brophy
Edward Gargan and Edward Brophy
Edward Gargan and Edward Brophy
Edward Gargan and Edward Brophy
Edward Gargan, Guy Kibbee and Edward Brophy
Edward Gargan, Guy Kibbee and Edward Brophy
Edward Gargan and Edward Brophy
Edward Gargan and Edward Brophy
Guy Kibbee
Guy Kibbee
Guy Kibbee, Edward Gargan, Edward Brophy
Guy Kibbee, Edward Gargan, Edward Brophy
Harry Tyler
Harry Tyler
Harry Tyler, Guy Kibbee, Tom Brown
Harry Tyler, Guy Kibbee, Tom Brown
Helen Jerome Eddy
Helen Jerome Eddy
Helen Jerome Eddy, Guy Kibbee, Edward Gargan
Helen Jerome Eddy, Guy Kibbee, Edward Gargan
Helen Jerome Eddy, Tom Brown, Lucie Kaye
Helen Jerome Eddy, Tom Brown, Lucie Kaye
Howard C. Hickman, Catherine Doucet, Wade Boteler, Guy Kibbee
Howard C. Hickman, Catherine Doucet, Wade Boteler, Guy Kibbee
Lucie Kaye
Lucie Kaye
Lucie Kaye and Tom Brown
Lucie Kaye and Tom Brown
Robert Homans
Robert Homans
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Theodore von Eltz
Tom Brown and Guy Kibbee
Tom Brown and Guy Kibbee
Tom Brown, Lucie Kaye, Guy Kibbee
Tom Brown, Lucie Kaye, Guy Kibbee
Tom Brown and Lucie Kaye
Tom Brown and Lucie Kaye
Tom Brown and Lucie Kaye
Tom Brown and Lucie Kaye
Wade Boteler
Wade Boteler