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The Hidden Hand (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 7 November 1942 (USA)
Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to ... See full summary »

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(screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey), (screenplay) (as Raymond Schrock) | 1 more credit »
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Peter Thorne
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Mary Winfield
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Rita Channing
Willie Best ...
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Dr. Lawrence Channing
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Lorinda Channing
Ruth Ford ...
Estelle Channing
Milton Parsons ...
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Walter Channing
Tom Stevenson ...
Horace Channing
Marian Hall ...
Nurse Eleanor Stevens
Inez Gay ...
Hattie (as Inez Gary)
Kam Tong ...
Mallo
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Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to frighten her other relatives because they are after her money. Further complications arrive when another murderer arrives on the scene and plants the blame on John Channing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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(1934). Stage Play: Invitation to a Murder. Mystery/melodrama. Written by Rufus King. Directed by A.H. Van Buren. Theatre Masque: 17 May 1934- Jul 1934 (closing sate unknown/53 performances). Cast: Walter Abel (as "Dr. Linton"), Humphrey Bogart (as "Horatio Channing"), Edgar Charles, Sherling Oliver, Walter Plinge, Jane Seymour, James Shelburne, Gale Sondergaard (as "Lorinda Channing"), William Valentine, Juan Varro, Daphne Warren-Wilson. Produced by Ben Stein. Note: Filmed by Warner Bros. as The Hidden Hand (1942). See more »

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On the double bill
7 May 2015 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

There was a time when every major studio turned out "B" movies, 60 minute quickies to fill a double bill. "The Hidden Hand," for example. It features a group of credible, little-known actors (aside from Craig Stevens who had not yet played Peter Gunn) and keeps the budget slim by using only one set, a mysterious mansion where members of a greedy family gather to be knocked off. Why are there a pair of homicidal hands behind the painting in the living room? How come the carpet nearby hides a quick dip in a watery grave?? And how did the mistress of the manor get out of the crypt in which she was interred to plot the demise of her house guests? At least, the cast includes Milton Parsons who is either the funniest or scariest butler to escape an insane asylum. In short, a surprisingly entertaining throwback.


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