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Haunted House (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 22 July 1940 (USA)
Teenagers try to clear a friend accused of murder.

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(as Robert McGowan)

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(story), (story) (as Monty Collins) | 1 more credit »
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Jimmie Atkins
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Mildred 'Millie' Henshaw
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Albert Henshaw
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Olaf Jensen
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Cyrus W. 'Cy' Burton
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Simkins
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Eph, Service Station Owner
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Grandma
Jessie Arnold ...
Mrs. Emily Henshaw
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Prosecuting Attorney
Marcelle Ray ...
Lucy Peters
Buddy Swan ...
Junior Henshaw (as Buddy Swann)
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Jimmie, the Brownsville Bugle's office boy, and Millie, niece of editor Henshaw, turn amateur detectives in order to help a friend who is accused of murder. With more zeal than direction, they pick the owner of a gas station as the killer, and when he turns out to be innocent, Henshaw fires Jimmie. The two go on searching and next suspect Lawyer Cy Burton but have no conclusive evidence and are about to give up when Millie finds a clue that leads to the hidden fortune of the murdered Mrs. Blake. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two kid reporters solve a mystery... jail a killer... and fall in love! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Approved | See all certifications »
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22 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La casa embrujada  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 26 April 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it Friday 10 November 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Eager young reporter
12 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although the house concerned isn't haunted, it's merely the crime scene of a murder, young Jackie Moran who works in a small town newspaper is determined to find the killer and prove his worth to editor George Cleveland. He's also showing off for Cleveland's niece Marcia Mae Jones who's visiting from out of town.

For a cheap Monogram programmer it's not Gone With The Wind, but not all that bad either. Moran barks up a wrong tree at first, but eventually gets it right. Imagine having your grandmother being the alibi for your first suspect.

The murder turns out to be a cover-up for another crime. The victim was a wealthy widow and her killer is one whom she gave her trust. And a rather obvious choice.

Not a bad film, but not one to write home about.


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