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One Body Too Many (1944)

Unrated | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 27 November 1944 (UK)
An insurance investigator arrives at a creepy mansion to protect a millionaire who has had death threats made against him.

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Henry Rutherford
Fay Helm ...
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Kenneth Hopkins
Dorothy Granger ...
Mona Rutherford
Maxine Fife ...
Margaret Hopkins
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Insurance salesman Albert Tuttle arrives at the Cyrus J. Rutherford estate to sell the millionaire some life insurance. Rutherford is already dead and his heirs have gathered at the mansion to hear the reading of the will. Rutherford's will won't be read until he is properly entombed and the heirs are forced to stay on the premises or be denied their inheritance. Tuttle soon finds himself mixed up in shenanigans involving Rutherford's niece, secret passages, a missing body and murder. Written by Ray Hamel

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Filming January 12-February 1944, not released until October. See more »

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[first lines]
Insurance agent: [on the phone] Yeah, yeah, I know. But call me tomorrow. I gotta get outta here.
[hangs up]
Insurance agent: Hey, Tuttle. I got a date for you tonight. Dot's cousin just got into town and you and I...
Albert Tuttle: I already have an engagement. I've had it for over a month: with Cyrus J. Rutherford.
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Mediocre Old Mansion Melodrama
3 October 2003 | by (Baltimore, Maryland) – See all my reviews

These old "revolving panels and candlelight" mysteries are usually a mix of elements played for laughs more than shivers. Jack Haley is an insurance salesman mistaken for a detective hired to guard the corpse of a millionaire all night so that the provisions of the old man's will can be satisfied. The greedy heirs must stay in this mini insane asylum until morning or lose their inheritance. Midnight murders prevail, of course, with the usual wisecracks, jealous insults and idioms of the day (or night). Jack Haley is the reluctant hero of sorts in this wee hours fiasco, although he would rather be somewhere else. For the genre, however, it is true to form and worth a look.


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