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Port of 40 Thieves (1944)

Muriel is the scheming widow of the fabulously-wealthy Hartford Chaney III. Muriel's husband has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, freeing her to marry her playboy paramour ... See full summary »

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Muriel Chaney
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Scott Barton (as Richard Powers)
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Nancy Hubbard Chaney
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Aunt Caroline Hubbard
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Charles Farrington
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Frederick St. Clair
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Della
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Miss Jones
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Gladys Burns
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Muriel is the scheming widow of the fabulously-wealthy Hartford Chaney III. Muriel's husband has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, freeing her to marry her playboy paramour Frederick St. Clair. However, Chaney's daughter from a previous marriage, suspects that her father has been murdered.

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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13 August 1944 (USA)  »

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Port of Forty Thieves  »

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1.37 : 1
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Nice apartment
29 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wealthy widow Stephanie Bachelor (Muriel) approaches lawyer Tom Keene (Scott) to formally see her through her right to claim her inheritance. Her husband has been missing for 7 years which means he can legally be pronounced dead and his Estate passed onto her. One problem, though, a cheque signed by him turns up at the 11th hour. Is he still alive? Other traces of him start to appear and we have a mystery on our hands. Can Stephie make it to mega-wealthdom?

This is an enjoyable film if a bit tricky to follow at the beginning. Who on earth are all these women? By the end of the film, things make sense but it was a bit confusing at the beginning. Some good scenes and a couple of murders in this effort. It has a good setting, a storyline that keeps you watching and some scenes that stick with you afterwards. In fact, the memory of it is probably better than when you are actually watching it! The hunger for money is what drives our main character and she is thoroughly unpleasant which makes a good villainess.

I've spoken to lift maintenance workers who have told me of very unusual things found at the bottom of lift shafts, including live piglets. Stephanie Bachelor may have been thinking of a different sort of collection.


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