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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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A Shriek Of Death - As The Sleek Nocturnal Prowler STRIKES Again! 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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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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That's "Entertainment"
16 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The war years saw a lot of "pretty good" movies, relatively innocuous stories, usually good entertainment, the sort one would rat 4-7, with a few poorly directed slow moving ones a little less.

And it's unfortunate that movie makers post 1965 sought to emulate the slow pace dull ones. It would take 30 years for film makers to learn their mistakes. Such was their incompetence. A man on the street could have done better than 98% of producers, directors, and writers from 1965-1995; it was truly the error of "rich kids and children with the silver spoon" at the reins.

But these war years were full of fairly safe vehicles. Some were smartly done, like this murder mystery.

We have a mystery here that begins with the comedy and affable personalities first, then goes into the plot, and that's what makes the atmosphere style murder mystery work.

This is expertly done, and could be used for a film class to show how to make a film. It is "Entertainment".


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