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Release Date:
2 October 1942 (USA) See more »
Well-known philanthropist and deaf-mute John G. Harrison is identified leaving the scene of several... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Dick Purcell ... Edward Arlington Clark

Joan Woodbury ... Barbara Mason
John Hamilton ... John G. Harrison
Warren Hymer ... Police Sgt. Pete Corrigan
Mantan Moreland ... Nicodemus (as Manton Moreland)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Police Captain
Gayne Whitman ... District Attorney John W. Rogers
Kenneth Harlan ... Police Lt. Jim Brady
George J. Lewis ... Kramer (as George Lewis)
Karl Hackett ... Defense Attorney
Harry Depp ... Lester P. Cutler
Isabel La Mal ... Mrs. Rigby - Dave's Mother (as Isabel Lamal)
Robert Carson ... Dave Rigby
Frank Ellis ... Kelsey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... City Hall Janitor (uncredited)

Art Carney ... Letterer on office door (uncredited)

Directed by
William Beaudine 
Writing credits
Karl Brown (screenplay)

Albert DeMond  story (uncredited)

Produced by
A.W. Hackel .... producer
Cinematography by
Marcel Le Picard 
Film Editing by
Jack Ogilvie 
Production Management
Ben Gutterman .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard L'Estrange .... assistant director (as Dick L'Estrange)
Sound Department
Glen Glenn .... sound engineer
Music Department
Frank Sanucci .... musical director


Additional Details

Also Known As:
61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (MPPDA #8022)

Did You Know?

The title was recycled from an earlier Bela Lugosi film. It had been the working title for Invisible Ghost (1941), which was released the previous year.See more »
Barbara 'Babs' Mason:It's as clear as the nose on Jimmy Durante's face.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Sphinx (1933)See more »


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Good Title…Bad Movie, 2 October 2014
Author: LeonLouisRicci from United States

Billy "B-Movie" Beaudine Directed this Monogram Movie with About as Much Creativity as His Other 300 Films. Competent and Quick the Man who went on to Helm...Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966) and Billy the Kid vs Dracula (1966) Along with Many Others that Bad Movie Archaeologists have Dug Up and Poked Fun. Yes, those Hilarity's were Made as a Made-Ready Double Feature.

This is a Transparent Plot Paraded Out for Undiscerning Wartime Audiences. There are Some Amusing Cultural References about Sinking the Japs and a Reference to Superman a Superhero that made His Debut Only Three Years Earlier in Comics, and a Quip about Jimmy Durante.

Pop-Eyed and Always Poking Fun at Himself and His Race, Mantan Moreland is On Hand for a While, "Feets don't fail me now!", but is Surprisingly Absent After a Brief Gin Guzzling Opening. John Hamilton (TV's Perry White) is the "Villains" along with Three Leading Actors that No One Can or Should Remember, because They Basically Show Up, Read Lines and Annoy the Audience.

The Title is Better than the Movie and the Movie is Better than Being on the Bottom End of a Bomb Run.

Note...A Title Card shown at the end of the Movie asks for 80,000,000 Theatre Patrons to "Buy Bonds Now", and many did. Movie goers were generous Patriots throughout WWII and helped the War effort substantially.

Note 2…Someone on IMDb should remove the poster on this title page. It is almost as embarrassing as this Movie.

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