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The House of Fear (1939)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Thriller, Drama  |  30 June 1939 (USA)
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A detective goes undercover as a producer to investigate an actor's murder, which occurred during the performance of a play. The actor's body disappeared shortly after the crime, and his ... See full summary »

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William Gargan ...
Irene Hervey ...
Alice Tabor
Dorothy Arnold ...
Gloria DeVere
Alan Dinehart ...
Joseph Morton
Harvey Stephens ...
Richard 'Dick' Pierce (as Harvey Stevens)
Walter Woolf King ...
Carleton
Robert Coote ...
Robert Morton
El Brendel ...
Jeff
Tom Dugan ...
Mike
Jan Duggan ...
Sarah Henderson
Donald Douglas ...
John Woodford
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A detective goes undercover as a producer to investigate an actor's murder, which occurred during the performance of a play. The actor's body disappeared shortly after the crime, and his ghost is rumored to be haunting the theater. Written by Anonymous

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30 June 1939 (USA)  »

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A Casa Mal Assombrada  »

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Although this is often reported as a Crime Club entry in Universal's series of adapted Doubleday novels, it is not officially part of the series. Likely the mistake results from its original theatrical title, "The Last Warning," the same name for an earlier Crime Club series. See more »

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A Good "Haunted Theatre" mystery
30 June 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

An actor, John Woodford, dies on-stage during a performance of a play. His body is taken to his dressing room, where it disappears. The theatre is closed for over a year, and rumors that Woodford's ghost haunts it spread all over Broadway.

A detective (posing as a producer) rents the theatre and attempts to present the same play, but all sorts of "ghostly occurences" happen to try to thwart his plans. (Woodford's voice coming over a dead telephone, his face appearing on the pitch-dark stage during a police vigil, more murders, mysterious notes from the "dead man", etc).

All-in-all, a "different" mystery with good acting; if you watch the film intently, you can figure out who the murderer is (but, it's DIFFICULT!). Highly recommended. (btw....this film has NOTHING to do with the Sherlock Holmes film of the same name).


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