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Shake Hands with Murder (1944)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  22 April 1944 (USA)
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A female bail-bond broker and her partner help an accused embezzler prove his innocence. Having the body of the embezzler's late business partner pop up doesn't help matters.



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Cast overview:
Iris Adrian ...
Frank Jenks ...
Steve Morgan
Jack Raymond ...
Joe Blake
Claire Rochelle ...
Miss Johnson, Secretary
Herbert Rawlinson ...
John Clark
Juan de la Cruz ...
Mr. Stanton
Mr. Haskins (as Stan Jolley)
Mr. Kennedy
George Kirby ...
Gene Roth ...
William Howard (as Gene Stutenroth)
Anitra Sparrow ...
Buck Harrington ...
Police Sergeant


Patsy Brent, bail-bond broker, finds that her partner, Eddie Jones, who is trying to acquire a better class clientèle has invested all of their capital to bail Steve Morgan, investment company executive who has been framed on an embezzlement charge out of jail. And Morgan has disappeared. Trying to find Morgan, Patsy stumbles across the body of John Clark, Morgan's ex-boss, not to mention now late boss. Patsy spots Morgan and catches up with him at a mountain lodge, where he convinces her of his innocence. They spend a week searching together for the missing bonds Morgan was accused of stealing. They finally find the bonds hidden in a secret compartment which has been rigged as a booby trap. This booby trap is rigged so that when the panel is opened a wire leading from the panel to a suit of armor, causes the arm of the armor to raise and fire a gun hidden within it to fire at the person opening the panel. Morgan tricks the board of directors into coming to the lodge and, when they ... Written by Les Adams <>

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22 April 1944 (USA)  »

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Sua Excia. a Morte  »

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Gag and Gangster Comedy, Amusing C Picture
20 September 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a quickie and a cheapie which at the time went under the genre heading of a 'gag and gangster comedy'. In fact, there aren't any gangsters in it, and the only crime is white collar crime by businessmen. The leading lady is Iris Adrian, who despite being only 32 was already making her fiftieth film. She is one of those wise-cracking dames, but her voice is so loud and rasping, the wisecracks can be injurious to your health. Best to wear ear plugs. Despite the fact this film was made for about ten dollars, and shows it, it is amusing and diverting. I call a picture a C picture when it was made for ten dollars or less. B pictures can cost as much as a hundred dollars. (That was a joke.) Well, they cranked these things out to make double-bills and that is why they were about an hour long and nobody took much trouble over them. Maybe they made them in the lunch hour. They threw in a glamour guy, a few spooky looking guys, a wise-cracking dame, her sidekick whose jokes never quite make the grade, a couple of heavies, a respectable citizen or two, and thought of something to happen. A story idea helped from time to time. In this one, Iris Adrian is actually the lead player as a female bail bond broker. Naturally, she has to be a bit tough because she is bailing hoods all the time. But as we know from the movies, tough gals always have wilting romantic hearts buried somewhere deep inside, covered in the dust of having been trampled on too many times. Oh yes, the plot. Somebody has stolen some bonds from a financial company, and it is one of the board members. Then the Chairman is strangled because he is onto the crook. Follow the dots from there.

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