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directed by William Dieterle, Michael Curtiz
USA 1933

 

Playboy and ne’er-do-well Gordon Bates is dead, that’s for sure. But whodunit? That’s not so sure. There are suspects aplenty. So From Headquarters comes the army of crime specialists – toxicologists, fingerprint experts, ballistic experts, technicians running data-card tabulations on Hollerith machines and, for good measure, authorities on the use of invisible ink – that know the howdunit can point to the who. George Brent and Eugene Pallette portray the lead crime dogs in this swift sniff-out of a killer that sifts through murderous means and motives at an engagingly pell-mell pace. William Dieterle (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Hunchback of Notre Dame), on his way to A-list prominence, directs with great visual hubbub and flourish.

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Theatrical Release: 16 November 1933 (USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Also available in:
Ripped From the Headlines! Get five remastered Warner Bros. classics that are as pertinent today as they were in the '30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.  5 DVDs - limit 1 per customer! This package available HERE includes: Alias the Doctor (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Heat Lightening (1934), and Black Fury (1935) that may be bought individually.

  

Runtime 1:03:24
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.88 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:18)

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010
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Chapters 21

 

Comments

From Headquarters is a typical B mystery-crime drama from 1930's with too many red herrings for its short 63-minute running time, but director William Dieterle uses some tricks like POV camera for flashback scenes to elevate this Warner Bros production. George Brent and Margaret Lindsay star, but the film is greatly supported by various character actors, like Eugene Pallette and Hugh Herbert. The print used for this remastered made-on-demand disc is overall in terrific shape. There are some marks and lines running through it, but blacks are deep and film grain is not intrusive. There are 21 chapter and an original theatrical trailer is provided.

The film can be purchased separately or, exclusive to Warner Archives web page, as so called "Warner Bros. '30s Classics Ripped From the Headlines" (HERE) with 4 other early 1930's movies we are reviewing at DVD Beaver, which would make it a better value.

  - Gregory Meshman

 



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CLICK to order from:

 

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Also available in:
Ripped From the Headlines! Get five remastered Warner Bros. classics that are as pertinent today as they were in the '30s. Featuring some of Warner Bros. biggest studio stars of the day, these coarse, gritty, mostly pre-Code melodramas are ripe for rediscovery.  5 DVDs - limit 1 per customer! This package available HERE includes: Alias the Doctor (1932), Blondie Johnson (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Heat Lightening (1934), and Black Fury (1935) that may be bought individually.

  

 




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