Bureau of Missing Persons

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Not a Davis vehicle, since she only appears halfway through, playing a girl wanted for murder. Based on a book by former police captain John Ayres, it cross-breeds an attempt to document the range of work covered by the NY Missing Persons Bureau (a number of unconnected cases are developed in parallel) and a healthily cynical vein of macabre humour. With Del Ruth directing at screwball pace, things sometimes get a little too jokey; but at its best, in noting the obsessive quirks developed by officers, it has some claim to be considered an ancestor of Hill Street Blues.


Release details

74 mins

Cast and crew

Roy Del Ruth
Robert Presnell
Pat O'Brien
Bette Davis
Lewis Stone
Glenda Farrell
Allen Jenkins
Hugh Herbert
Ruth Donnelly
Alan Dinehart
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