Scattergood meets the new owner of the local newspaper, Dunker Gillson. One of Gillson's first tasks is to interview the wealthy but reclusive Quentin sisters, Lydia and Cynthia, who have ... See full summary »
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Scattergood Baines, Coldriver's most popular citizen, neighborly counselor and sly old fox, entices a Broadway producer to Coldriver to see the gay musical extravaganza Baines is staging ... See full summary »
Scattergood finds out that his neighbor, Elly Drew, is going to sell her home to support her son David, an aspiring playwright who is in New York City trying to get his play produced. ... See full summary »
Scattergood meets the new owner of the local newspaper, Dunker Gillson. One of Gillson's first tasks is to interview the wealthy but reclusive Quentin sisters, Lydia and Cynthia, who have stayed in their old musty house for years. The somewhat sinister Nrs. Grimes, the sisters' housekeeper, refuses to let Gillson talk to the sisters. Later, when the sisters' beloved cat takes ill, Mrs. Grimes insists on driving them to town in their horse-and-buggy outfit. An accident occurs on the way to town and the sisters are killed. At the reading of the will, everyone is surprised and shocked at the sisters' stipulations regarding their fortune. Written by
Guy Kibbee stars as Scattergood Baines in another outing, well directed by Christy Cabanne. This time it is a murder mystery: two eccentric old ladies have died, leaving their fortune to their cat, and suddenly murders begin to happen...
The Scattergood Baines series, from a series of stories by Clarence Buddington Kelland, never raises its head above its B roots, but the scripts are well written -- this one is particularly good -- and contains a wealth of character actors, including Florence Lake -- best known for playing Edgar Kennedy's wife in his series of shorts for RKO -- Willie Best as Scattergood's shop assistant, and the dependable B lead and A support, Wallace Ford. There's also a nice subplot as John Archer, new owner of the weekly newspaper, tries to make a go of it and romance Margeret Hayes.
It's all very pleasantly managed, and the mystery plot is well handled. Not a classic by any means, it times in at just over an hour and is a fine time-killer.
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