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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 ...
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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A good and enjoyable flick.
20 May 2004 | by (Seattle, Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

This detective mystery film is an actioner; it moves right along without a single letdown. With the exception of the always wooden Robert Lowery, the cast is really excellent, and for us guys, Marie McDonald is very easy on the eyes. Edward Brophy does his usual fine job as the side-kick, Elizabeth Russell was one of the femme-fatale greats, and Jack LaRue, as the good guy cop, is playing out of type, but does as fine a job being heroic as he does being a slime-ball. Despite the body count, the film is also light hearted without being sappy, and that's more than one should ask of an el cheapo Republic film.

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