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Tell No Tales (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 12 May 1939 (USA)
Michael Cassidy is the editor of a failing newspaper. A scoop would be welcome to boost the sales and to avoid closure. To this end, he decides to personally track down a gang of kidnappers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Cooper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Florence George ...
Lorna Travers
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Dr. Lovelake
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Miss Mary
Davie Bryant
Miss Brendon
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Charlie Daggett (as Hobart Cavanagh)
Oscar O'Shea ...
Sam O'Neil
Theresa Harris ...
Mrs. Lovelake
Mrs. Haskins


Michael Cassidy is the managing-editor of a small newspaper which is about to be closed down by its new owner, Matthew Cooper, who owns another newspaper in the city and only bought the second one to get rid of the competition. There has been a kidnapping in the city and Cassidy gets one of the hundred-dollar-bills, paid in ransom, at a saloon and begins to trace the bill backwards step-by-step to get to the kidnappers. He is aided by Ellen Frazier, a schoolteacher, who is the only eye-witness. Each step leads to a miniature drama of it own to...to the widow, Ruby Alley, at the wake of her dead prizefighter-husband...to the owner of a gambling house, Arno, who discovers that his brother, the cashier of the casino, is involved in the kidnapping...to a husband who is not thrilled to learn his wife ahas been cheating on him...before he finds the kidnappers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

12 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cem Contra Um  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Working title: "One Hundred to One' See more »

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A surprisingly entertaining little mystery and crime drama, with good performances.
24 October 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Watch this film if only to see black actress Theresa Harris in a dramatic role. I am so used to see her playing maids in films of the 30's that it was a refreshing change of pace and a revelation. She can act! Her home was one of many to which star Melvyn Douglas was led in his effort to track down the owner of a $100 bill that was part of a ransom payment after a kidnapping. Actor Leslie Fenton's first directorial effort is also a well-paced 69-minute crime and mystery drama, packing lots of sleuthing by Douglas, endangering himself and the only witness (Louise Platt) to the kidnapping. I was glued to the story and was biting my nails during the exciting ending. Well worth watching.

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