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A Scream in the Dark (1943)

 -  Mystery  -  15 October 1943 (USA)
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Newspaper reporter turned detective Mike, along with his partner Eddie Tough (who used to be his photographer on the paper), and Mike's girlfriend Joan go after some business. She's the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lowery ...
Mike Brooker
Marie McDonald ...
Joan Allen
Edward Brophy ...
Eddie Tough (as Edward S. Brophy)
Elizabeth Russell ...
Muriel Kemp Norton, alias Muriel Carter Stark
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Leo Stark
Wally Vernon ...
Klousky, the morgue attendant
Jack La Rue ...
Det. Lt. Cross
Frank Fenton ...
Sam 'Benny' Lackey
Linda Brent ...
William Haade ...
Gerald Messenger
Arthur Loft ...
Kitty McHugh ...
Maisie, Eddie's girl
Charles C. Wilson ...
City Editor
Ethyl May Halls ...
Landlady, the Brooklyn Apartments
George Chandler ...
Reporter at Morgue


Newspaper reporter turned detective Mike, along with his partner Eddie Tough (who used to be his photographer on the paper), and Mike's girlfriend Joan go after some business. She's the daughter of the local police chief, so she can send him clients, is the idea.. The first case he gets is a domestic investigation. Leo Stark's wife, Muriel has left him for another guy, Gerald Messenger, a man who looks like an ex-pug. Mike finds her, and Messenger, in an apartment, Eddie takes a photograph of them clutching each-other, and she agrees to give Stark a divorce, and ten thousand dollars. While celebrating at a restaurant, Mike is interrupted by a man, Mr. Norton, who claims that Muriel is really his wife. Mike establishes that Norton had married her two years past, while Stark says he married her five years before. But Norton isn't interested in getting rid of any legal tie with her, he wants her back. Mike agrees to take the job. While he's trying to find her, Norton gets a phone call. ... Written by Jim Knoppow

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15 October 1943 (USA)  »

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The Morgue Is Always Open  »

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Good film from a low budget studio
17 December 2000 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

A very good film from Republic Studios. This is a short, but very entertaining film. I liked this one,and even though it is a low budget, you would never know it from the look of it. The cinematography is clear and the acting is quite good for this type of picture. Robert Lowery and Edward Brophy are quite a pair and very good together. Not bad for a "B" picture. Too bad that more of these unknown "little" films are not put out on DVD, as I would gladly buy them.I know that it is the type film that would never win an Academy Award, but still is very entertaining, if you like mysteries, or mysteries with a tinge of comedy from the 1940's !!

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