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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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Frank Jenks ...
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Steve Morgan
Jack Raymond ...
Joe Blake
Claire Rochelle ...
Miss Johnson, Secretary
Herbert Rawlinson ...
John Clark
Juan de la Cruz ...
Mr. Stanton
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Mr. Haskins (as Stan Jolley)
Forrest Taylor ...
Mr. Kennedy
George Kirby ...
George Adams
Gene Roth ...
William Howard (as Gene Stutenroth)
Anitra Sparrow ...
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Buck Harrington ...
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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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Iris Adrian and Frank Jenks billed above the title?

Darn tootin' they were and that was high cotton for two players usually delegated to the bottom half of the cast list, and sometimes not credited at all.

But it ends up as being mostly an Iris Adrian and Douglas Fowley movie, when Patsy Brent (Iris Adrian), girl bail bondsman...bondswoman...the heck with it...girl bail bond broker, finds that her partner, Eddie Jones (Frank Jenks), who is trying to acquire a better class clientele has invested all of their capital to bail Steve Morgan (Douglas Fowley), 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 (Herbert Rawlinson), 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, and spending a week at a mountain lodge with a man is nothing new for characters played by Iris Adrian, and the suspicion is she really wasn't in that much of a hurry to find the bonds.

They finally find the bonds hidden in a secret compartment which has been rigged as a booby trap. Well,that's what Fowley called it while looking squarely at Adrian and keeping a square face all the while, which wasn't that easy for Fowley, who was not known for overlooking a chance to smirk. Anyway, 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. And, no, I don't care to explain it again. Even Iris understood it explained that way.

Morgan tricks the board of directors into coming to the lodge and, when they arrive, he asks them alone one by one to open the panel, telling them that's where the missing bonds are hidden. He knows the guilty person will, knowing the panel is still booby-trapped, refuse. The board includes characters played by Gene Roth, I. Stanford Jolley, Forrest Taylor and George Kirby, so there is no shortage of usual suspects. But the film has zipped right along and is now in need of some padding, so Morgan gets to test them all and the culprit is the last tested. The suspect listing above may or may not have anything to do with which one was tested last.


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