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I Love a Mystery (1945)

 -  Mystery  -  25 January 1945 (USA)
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Opening with a car crash and a decapitation, the story is told in flashback as Jack and Doc become involved with a man who tells them that he will die in just such a manner in three days' ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jim Bannon ...
Jack Packard
Ellen Monk
Jefferson Monk
Barton Yarborough ...
Doc Long
Carole Mathews ...
Jean Anderson
Lester Matthews ...
Justin Reeves / Mr. G


Opening with a car crash and a decapitation, the story is told in flashback as Jack and Doc become involved with a man who tells them that he will die in just such a manner in three days' time. Of course there is a large amount of money involved, and also an Oriental cult, mysterious women, a peg-legged man, and many deaths. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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"WHEN THE TEMPLE BELLS TOLL FOUR TIMES...You will die!" (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »







Release Date:

25 January 1945 (USA)  »

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I Love a Mystery  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First of three films based on the popular radio series, 'I Love a Mystery'. The next two were The Devil's Mask (1946) and The Unknown (1946). See more »


Jefferson Monk: [after narrating his bizarre story of confronting "Mr. G.," the leader of the Baru-Kan secret society, who offered him $50,000 for his head] The whole thing sounds so preposterous!
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Followed by The Devil's Mask (1946) See more »

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24 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"I Love a Mystery," based on the radio program of the same name, is a 1945 film starring Jim Bannon, Barton Yarborough, George Macready, and Nina Foch. Packard and Doc Long (Bannon and Yarborough) meet Macready in a nightclub with a woman - apparently he knows when he's going to die. A cult, whose ancient leader Macready resembles, wants his head, I guess to replace it on their leader's mummified body, and one of the members is following him. The detectives agree to follow Macready home to see if they can spot the man, and they do.

As preposterous as it sounds (and it is), this is actually a pretty neat mystery, done on New York set at Columbia. There's lots of dry ice and a dark, noirish atmosphere, as well as a few plot twists. It's quite entertaining as well as not being terribly long. And it's a good cast, with the highlights being Macready and Foch as his crippled wife. Growing up, Nina Foch to me was an older woman who did television and quiz shows; later on, I knew she became a big acting teacher in L.A. It's fun to see her as a young woman in films such as this one. It was also fun because I remember Bannon's son from "Lou Grant."

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