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The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 August 1937 (USA)
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An actor continually confesses to murders he didn't commit, figuring that the police won't believe him when he confesses to a murder that he actually does intend to commit.

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Cast overview:
Lewis Stone ...
Lawrence Fontaine
Barbara Read ...
Nan
Tom Brown ...
Tommy Bradley
Forrester Harvey ...
Jocko
Jameson Thomas ...
George Bradley
Marjorie Main ...
Amelia Bradley
Robert Gleckler ...
Capt. Walter Reid
Billy Wayne ...
Halligan
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An actor continually confesses to murders he didn't commit, figuring that the police won't believe him when he confesses to a murder that he actually does intend to commit.

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He Was Too Perfect In A "Perfect Crime!" See more »

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Crime | Drama

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29 August 1937 (USA)  »

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Dan pre pogubljenja  »

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Shooting lasted from June 1-21, 1937, released Aug. 29. See more »

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Referenced in Moonlighting: The Man Who Cried Wife (1986) See more »

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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1977
26 May 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1937's "The Man Who Cried Wolf" was among the handful of non genre titles in Universal's popular SHOCK! package of classic horror films issued to television in the late 50s, and easily one of the most frequently viewed. I myself caught up with it on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater on December 31 1977, ringing in the new year with Chilly Billy and the Chiller family, the third feature in the show's very last triple bill (following 1967's "Cauldron of Blood" and 1946's "The Spider Woman Strikes Back"). An ingeniously simple storyline that surprisingly was never remade, starring Lewis Stone as publicity seeking ham actor Lawrence Fontaine, who annoys the local police with a series of phony confessions, setting up a murder of his own to avenge the death of his ex-wife. Unfortunately, the victim's stepson (Tom Brown), beloved fellow actor in Fontaine's play "The Death Cry," becomes the top suspect arrested for the crime, leading to a frantic search for the incriminating murder gun, which was hidden by Fontaine's protective valet (Forrester Harvey), recently killed in an auto accident. Marjorie Main is cast against type as the victim's sister, and among the unbilled are such familiar faces as John Hamilton, Russell Hicks, Eddie Kane, Selmer Jackson, Edwin Stanley, Stanley Andrews, Pierre Watkin, and Ernie Adams.


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