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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)
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Everett P. Digberry
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District Attorney Bill Dougherty
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Miss Spencer
Barry Bernard ...
Capt. Edgar Walters / Frank Galloway
Gerta Rozan ...
Nina Politza
Thornton Edwards ...
Enrico Lombardi (as Joaquin Edwards)
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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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What was the meaning of the fateful claw-prints that meant death to the receiver? IT'S SPINE-CHILLING! (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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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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The Last Words in Boredom!
20 October 2008 | by See all my reviews

A thoroughly disappointing noir is Producers Releasing Corp's The Panther's Claw (1942), the last of three movies featuring Thatcher Colt. The first two, both starring Adolphe Menjou as Colt, have been screened by TCM – and marvelous they are too. So I was really looking forward to the third, even though Sidney Blackmer is no Menjou. But it turns out that, although top-billed, Blackmer is not the star after all. It's Byron Foulger, of all people, who enjoys the lion's share of the action, as he plays the title character in Anthony Abbot's story, "The Perfect Crime of Mr Digberry", upon which the film is based. Now Mr Foulger is a neat-as-a-pin Milquetoast and I really enjoy him in small doses. As a lead, however, he tends to way out-stay his welcome. Unfortunately, aside from Blackmer, Rick Vallin (as his assistant), Herbert Rawlinson (as the D.A.) and Frank Darien (in a small role as a wig-maker), the support players are even less beguiling. Martin Mooney's talky, dialogue-bound screenplay doesn't help either, while P.R.C.'s notoriously sparse production values and Bill Beaudine's disinterested direction provide the last words in boredom.


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