"Who Killed Aunt Maggie?" is very typical of the B-movie mystery. It takes place in a remote and spooky old house. And most of the action takes place on a dark and stormy night.
All the clichés of this type of film are used. Secret passageways, cut phone lines (so no one can call the police), disabled cars (also, so no one can fetch the police). It has three murders, disappearing corpses, a secret diary written in code, and even a black cat thrown in for good measure.
Sounds like a lot of tripe? Well it is, but it's handled with great skill by a veteran cast of character actors. Elizabeth Patterson as Aunt Maggie is wonderful. Willie Best, typecast as the terrified black butler, does a great job with his material (and he was given some pretty good lines). In fact, his comic talent does much to carry this story. Edgar Kennedy as the sheriff does his usual "slow burn" routines, Wendie Barrie is her at her best, and the staid Walter Abel is typically poker-faced. The rest of the cast does a great job as well.
It's fairly easy to figure out who the killer is, but who cares? I always enjoy watching this programmer and I recommend it to anyone who can find it! (It's not easy digging up a copy of this film). I'm a fan of B-movie spooky-house mysteries, and was delighted to see this film.
I rated it 9.
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