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The Panther's Claw (1942)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery | 15 May 1942 (USA)
The police arrest a man climbing over the wall of a cemetery after midnight. He claims that he is being blackmailed and is following instructions he received by mail to leave $1000 on a ... See full summary »

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Anthony 'Tony' Abbot (as Ricki Vallin)
Byron Foulger ...
Everett P. Digberry
Herbert Rawlinson ...
District Attorney Bill Dougherty
Lynn Starr ...
Miss Spencer
Barry Bernard ...
Capt. Edgar Walters / Frank Galloway
Gerta Rozan ...
Nina Politza
Thornton Edwards ...
Enrico Lombardi (as Joaquin Edwards)
John Ince ...
Capt. Mike Flynn
Martin Ashe ...
Officer Murphy
Walter James ...
Capt. Tom Henry
Frank Darien ...
Samuel Wilkins
Joseph DeVillard ...
Antonio Spogucci (as Joseph M. De Villard)
Jacques Vanaire ...
Guiseppe Bartarelli (as Jack Vanaire)
Willy Castello ...
John Martin George (as William Castello)
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The police arrest a man climbing over the wall of a cemetery after midnight. He claims that he is being blackmailed and is following instructions he received by mail to leave $1000 on a certain grave. It turns out that he's not the only one who got a blackmail letter from the same person--calling himself "The Black Panther"--and it also turns out that all the recipients are connected to an opera company. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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ITS PRINTS SPELLED DOOM! (original poster) See more »

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Crime | Mystery

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15 May 1942 (USA)  »

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Shake Hands with Murder  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area was Thursday 3 June 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), which broadcast from Newark, New Jersey, and was the first independent television station in the New York City market. See more »

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Good, but awkward comedy mystery thriller
26 January 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

A milquetoast of a man is caught climbing out of a cemetery late one night. Its transpires that he had left 1000 dollars on a grave, in response to a letter sent to him warning of death if did not do so. When he and the copes return to the grave the money is gone. The cops haul the man in to the precinct for trespass and other charges. It transpires that the note is one of many that has been sent to a group of people in the hopes of extorting cash. Murder and mayhem follow.

Low budget PRC special is an odd mix of comedy and mystery. Its a mix that doesn't fully work since the comedy tends to over power the mystery at the most in opportune times. Part of the problem is that the very good Byron Foulger, a supporting stalwart has been pushed to the fore as our milquetoast lead. There is nothing wrong with Foulger in the lead, its just that decades of playing similar roles, usually for comic effect undercuts some of the tension.(I'm guessing this may play better on a second viewing when the flaws might be forgiven or at lest accepted). I know the film was also hurt for me by the cheapness of the sets which included numerous rear screen projections which result in a couple of screens where people just seem to be standing in front of a wall instead of being somewhere.

Worth a look in an undemanding mood.


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