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One Body Too Many (1944)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery  |  24 November 1944 (USA)
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An insurance investigator arrives at a creepy mansion to protect a millionaire who has had death threats made against him.

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Blanche Yurka ...
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Jim Davis
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Henry Rutherford
Fay Helm ...
Estelle Hopkins
Bernard Nedell ...
Attorney Morton Gellman
Lucien Littlefield ...
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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YOU'LL DIE SCREAMING WITH...Laughter! (original print ad - almost all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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24 November 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

[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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Wonderfully silly old dark house comedy
18 January 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Insurance man Jack Haley keeps an evening appointment at a rich client's mansion to make a sales pitch—and is instantly mistaken for a detective. The client is lately deceased, all of his relatives are there for the reading of the will, and funny business has already commenced.

Bela Lugosi is tops as the butler: "Perhaps you would all like some coffee," he suggests early on, and then spends the entire rest of the picture trying to persuade the guests to accept a cup of his coffee, which may or may not be poisoned.

Jean Parker is fine as the appealing young relative who may be in line to inherit via the will, once it's finally read; she and Haley work nicely together, naturally falling into a romantic subplot that is cute and lively if predictable.

The other plot elements are the standard items no dark house can be without—a phone that's mysteriously disconnected, switched bodies in the closet, secret passages all over the place, a thunderstorm.

Favorite scene: Haley, having thrown himself into the role of amateur detective, tries to catch Lugosi off guard regarding the mud on his shoes. Lugosi replies that he opened the door for the cat and there was mud from the rain. Haley springs: "What rain?" To which Bela Lu responds with a sort of quiet incredulity, "What rain?"—walks to the door and opens it, displaying thunder and lightning and pouring rain—"The rain that's falling down, sir."

It's a lot of fun if not exactly a workout for the brain.


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