WOMEN FROM HEADQUARTERS (1950) stars Virginia Huston as a dedicated Los Angeles policewoman.
Huston plays Joyce Harper, who was in the service during WWII and has been dissatisfied with secretarial jobs since the war's end. Joyce meets Policewoman Ann Rogers (Frances Charles) when Ann brings Joyce's roommate Ruby (Barbra Fuller) home from a bar, and Ann encourages Joyce to apply for police work.
Joyce quickly racks up a series of successful busts, while dating her partner (Robert Rockwell). And that's pretty much the movie, over and done in an hour flat.
OUT OF THE PAST (1947) at UCLA last weekend.
Huston's mellow demeanor fits perfectly in OUT OF THE PAST, where she remains calm and understanding as she learns about the past of her boyfriend Jeff (Robert Mitchum). Here her quiet, confident demeanor translates as more one note. Her reactions never really seem to change, regardless of circumstances, yet at the same time there's something about her which is quite watchable.
Frances Charles (seen at left) seemed familiar, yet I don't think I remember her from any of the appearances in her fairly brief screen career. Turns out she was Victor Mature's first wife, briefly married to him in the late '30s before it was annulled.
Is it a good movie? Probably not, as it's weakly acted and scripted, but it's nonetheless fun. I found it an enjoyable hour, just the kind of film I like curling up with for a quick watch after a busy day. Police procedurals set in L.A., with location shots thrown in here and there, usually work for me.
The supporting cast includes Jack Kruschen, Norman Budd, Bert Conway, Grandon Rhodes, K. Elmo Lowe, Gil Herman, and Leonard Penn.
WOMEN FROM HEADQUARTERS was directed by George Blair (POST OFFICE INVESTIGATOR). It was filmed by John MacBurnie.