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Shake Hands with Murder (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 22 April 1944 (USA)
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.



(original story), (screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Patsy Brent
Eddie Jones
Steve Morgan
Jack Raymond ...
Joe Blake
Claire Rochelle ...
Miss Johnson, Secretary
John Clark
Juan de la Cruz ...
Mr. Stanton
Mr. Haskins (as Stan Jolley)
Mr. Kennedy
George Kirby ...
George Adams
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

22 April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sua Excia. a Morte  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Don't bale out on this
23 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

No stars in this PRC film, but a nice group of character players take center stage in Shake Hands With Murder. As business partners and possibly a romantic couple Frank Jenks and Iris Adrian provide a lot of laughs.

Adrian and Jenks are in the bail bond business and clearly Adrian is the brains. Jenks comes up with the marvelous idea that if they get a higher class of criminal to go bail for, the business will get bigger. So he goes bail for Douglas Fowley who's been charged with embezzlement of some high yield bonds. As this has taken just about all the capital the firm has, Adrian appoints herself to locate Fowley and stick to him like glue.

Fowley will need friends especially after the head of his firm Herbert Rawlinson is found dead. As Adrian and Jenks were also in the vicinity they are all three in the same leaky boat of criminal justice.

Shake Hands With Murder is your typical paper thin PRC production. But the three leads and the rest of the cast keep it entertaining and lively.

You always have to wonder though when you see a film like this what it might have become with a major studio doing it.

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