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The Hidden Hand (1942)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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24 May 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

Milton Parsons was a great character actor of the 1940's, and appeared in many films, especially the Charlie Chan series.

This film is probably his BIGGEST role; altho, for some odd reason he is billed 8th (He's one of the top 3 characters).

He plays an escaped maniac from a mental institution, who helps his not-so-sane-either sister kill off the greedy members of their family, who want the "hidden treasure".

An excellent film, with many plot twists, secret panels, and great scared-reaction comedy by Willie Best.


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