An eccentric wealthy man is murdered, and the police set out to find his killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Kelly ...
Joe Simmons
Virginia Grey ...
Katherine Palmor Bentley
Ellison Hayes (as Don Douglas)
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Leona Palmor
Robert Barrat ...
Grissly Morgan Palmor (as Robert H. Barrat)
Young Tom
Eily Malyon ...
Francis Pierlot ...
Dr. Benny
Addison Richards ...
Henry Adams
Lewis Bentley
Byron Foulger ...
Fred Palmor
Joan Blair ...
Mrs. Fred Palmor
Grady Sutton ...
Robert Palmor Jr.
Frank Jaquet ...
Robert Palmor Sr.


An eccentric wealthy man is murdered, and the police set out to find his killer.

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Release Date:

16 January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Segredo do Ataúde  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Although this one, like so many of its Republic brethren, was mercilessly cut down to 54 minutes for television presentation in 1952, the complete original version has survived and is now available through some private sources on DVD. See more »

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Exceptional 'B' mystery-thriller. A lost gem!
1 August 2001 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

The unjustly-maligned Republic Pictures churned out a number of modest 'B' thrillers in its heyday, and this is one of the best. The murder of an eccentric, elderly multi-millionaire brings his money-hungry relatives flocking to his gloomy, isolated mansion--as well as the police to investigate whodunnit. Paul Kelly & Virginia Grey top the cast, the suspense is packed into a swift, unnerving 56 minutes--and the revelation of the killer (trying to hurl Miss Grey to her death from a rickety wooden bridge) is genuinely eerie and terrifying. An "A" job on a "B" budget--which I've been trying to track down for over 40 years to no avail. Will someone please make these forgotten Republic "sleepers" available for cable-or-VHS viewing? "Whispering Footsteps" ranks in the same class and category.

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