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The Detectress (1919)

| Comedy, Short
Aspiring detective Lizzie goes to Chinatown to track down some stolen papers, not realizing she's had them in her pocket all along.


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Credited cast:
Policeman (as Milbourne Moranti)
Hap Ward ...
One Lung (as Hap. H. Ward)
Eddie Baker ...
Jip Yu
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Richard C. Currier


When Lizzie witnesses a robbery, she enthusiastically tries to track down the thief. After facing some dangerous situations in Dirty Alley, she discovers a den full of criminals, and prepares to take them on. But is Lizzie overly eager for adventure? Written by Snow Leopard

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A Bit Too Silly, But Has Some Good Material
13 July 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

The humor and the characters in "The Detectress" are a bit too over-the-top to work as well as they could have, but it does have some good moments, and its obviously good-natured style keeps it watchable. Gale Henry is a talented comedienne, although her style would be more effective with a little more subtlety.

Henry stars as an aspiring detective who suddenly gets involved in a real case. The scenario is far-fetched from the beginning, so the real focus is more on the slapstick than on the plot itself. In some respects, that's not so bad, and in particular, some of the characters might be somewhat grating or embarrassing if it weren't so evident that nothing is meant to be taken seriously. There are a few good gag ideas, but some of them do not come off as well as they could have, because they are played too broadly. Overall, it's probably of average quality.

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