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Midnight Manhunt (1945)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  27 July 1945 (USA)
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In a cheap hotel-room in New York City Jelke shoots gangster Joe Wells, takes a package from his pocket and flees.Wells staggers into an alley. On her way to her apartment above a wax ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
William Gargan ...
Ann Savage ...
Sue Gallagher
Leo Gorcey ...
Clutch Tracy
George Zucco ...
Jelke
Paul Hurst ...
Murphy
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Detective Lt. Max Hurley
Charles Halton ...
Henry Miggs
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Joe Wells
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In a cheap hotel-room in New York City Jelke shoots gangster Joe Wells, takes a package from his pocket and flees.Wells staggers into an alley. On her way to her apartment above a wax museum, Sue Gallagher, a reporter for the Chronicle, finds Wells' body and hides his corpse among the wax-figures in the museum and calls her paper to send a photographer so she can get a scoop on the killing of Wells, who had a $5,000 reward for his capture, dead or alive. Meanwhile, Henry Miggs, the museum owner find the body and is ready to call the police but his handyman, Clutch Tracy tells him to conceal it and avoid suspicion. From this point on it is a game of where-is-the-body....and the stolen South American diamonds Wells was carrying. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WHO'S GOT THE BODY! WHOSE BODY IS IT! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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27 July 1945 (USA)  »

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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When Gallagher removes the 'wax' figure to replace it with Joe Wells, one hand flops around too supple to be a wax figure. See more »

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[repeated line]
Henry Miggs: Miggs: I'm so tired!
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Certainly Has Its Flaws, But It's Kind of Fun to Watch
6 September 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

There's no denying that this B-feature has its flaws, but it's kind of fun to watch. It's a crime drama with plenty of comic relief, with a solid cast that does pretty well with a story that could easily have fallen apart. The production is strictly low-grade, but they tried to make up for it in part with a lot of offbeat sets and dimly-lit scenes.

The story reminds you of Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry", since most of the plot concerns the trouble caused by an inconvenient corpse. It's not, of course, as good as a Hitchcock movie, and its implausible aspects are not masked the way they would be in a better production, but it still gets some decent mileage out of the premise.

Ann Savage does well as a young reporter trying to sort things out. She has the strong presence that she showed in noir features like "Detour", while this time being much more sympathetic. George Zucco strikes an appropriately menacing tone, and Leo Gorcey adds some entertaining comic relief.

This is a good movie to watch when you just want to pass a pleasant hour or so with something entertaining that does not demand careful attention, and when you are prepared not to be too critical. With the right expectations, it actually works pretty well.


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