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Bureau of Missing Persons

  • Film

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.
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Release Details

  • Duration:74 mins

Cast and crew

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