Angry, because he is making too many headlines with his gang-busting activities, the police chief transfers Lt. Lewis Nagel to the sleepy suburban town of Fairview, where he is followed by ... See full summary »
Angry, because he is making too many headlines with his gang-busting activities, the police chief transfers Lt. Lewis Nagel to the sleepy suburban town of Fairview, where he is followed by reporter Steve Withers because he knows Nagel will find a story. Jeane Sandford arrives in town to visit her aunt, Muffin Wilder, wearing a necklace given to her by an eccentric uncle who has been dead for a year and whose will is scheduled to be read on the anniversary of his death. Steve falls for Jeane and, as a joke, steals her necklace. Enroute to replace the necklace, Steve discovers his pocket has been picked, and the intrigued Nagel decides the necklace has some significance in the Sandford family affairs, so he and Steve attend the reading in the old deserted family mansion. The will reads that all of the family except Jeane has been cut off without a penny and that the necklace contains the information necessary to uncovering the inheritance secreted in the old house. The attorney, ... Written by
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Jack Holt (actor) and Lewis D. Collins (director) were associated on a number of "B" thrillers of which this is one of the best. In fact, I would describe it as a quite passable mystery entry in what was quite a crowded field back in 1938. The identity of the killer is certainly at least mildly intriguing (even to an expert like me) and most of the action is cleverly set in one of those rambling old houses where there is no electricity and the only illumination is candle light. It's undoubtedly true that director Collins could have used a lot more imagination in the handling of these sequences, but they still pack a bit of a wallop. The players led by Jack Holt as the cop (Lieutenant Lewis Nagel) and long-forgotten heroine Beverly Roberts (as reporter, Jeane Sandford) are certainly capable, although Craig Reynolds (who plays rival reporter Steve Withers) tends to out-stay his welcome. By "B" movie standards, production values are quite fair.
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