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Midnight Manhunt (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 27 July 1945 (USA)
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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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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12 ROARING HOURS OF DELIRIOUS DANGER! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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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Henry Miggs: Miggs: I'm so tired!
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The Case Of The Traveling Corpse
8 January 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

William Gargan and Ann Savage play a pair of reporters for rival papers who were once involved, but now are trying to top each other for a scoop involving the shooting of a man thought to be long dead. George E. Stone starts out the film as quite lively, but right at the beginning he's shot by George Zucco and then Stone has quite an odyssey once he doesn't have a pulse.

After being shot Stone staggers over and dies in a nearby wax museum that is run by Charles Halton and his loquacious assistant Leo Gorcey. As it happens Savage lives above the museum. Between Halton and Gorcey wanting to dispose of the body and Savage and Gargan trying to scoop the other this film gets pretty funny at times. And of course there's Zucco who wants the body for his own nefarious purposes.

Midnight Manhunt is a great example of some really creative people with little budget turning out a pretty good piece of entertainment. Those creative folks are the fabled B producing team of William Pine and William Thomas. Check this one out folks, you won't be disappointed.


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