Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Wednesday 4 February 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Salt Lake City Wednesday 6 October 1948 on KDYL (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 13 April 1949 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »
What's up, Mr. Drake?
You of course know this 'Black Ace.'
Oh, sure. We *just* missed catching him about 6 months ago.
Sure, we trapped one of his earwiggers. It was like this: I'm wise this guy blatts out for stoolin'. So I'm crowdin' him wit' the heater but he don't belch. I know he's an alky stiff so I start feedin' him the dynamite when Clancy walks in wit' this guy's twist. She's all full o' happy dust and leapin'. He calls for a blizzard so we let 'er have it, figgerin' on the beef, see? ...
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There is a lot of Warner's talent, including director Ray Enright, in
this slow-moving RKO flick. Chester Morris is writing a book on a
psychopathic murderer who warns his victims with an Ace of Spades, and
murders them mysteriously at an appointed hour. He's on his way to meet
criminologist Oscar Apfel for research, when Apfel is threatened and
then murdered on an airplane. All the suspects get off in Louisiana,
and it turns into an Old Dark House mystery, complete with a skeletal
hands reaching around the drapes and a couple of dumb cops, played with
no timing by Frank McHugh and Allen Jenkins.
With a promising cast that includes Henry Stephenson, Grant Mitchell
and Virginia Howell as the inevitable mute housekeeper, it's
surprisingly dull. You can skip this one.
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