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Rogues' Gallery (1944)

Reporter Patsy Reynolds (Robin Raymond) and photographer Eddie Porter (Frank Jenks)are assigned to interview John Foster (Davison Clark), head of the Emmerson Foundadtion regarding a ... See full summary »

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Patsy Clark
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Professor Reynolds
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Jimmie Foster
Davison Clark ...
John Foster
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Police Lieutenant Daniel O'Day (as Bob Homans)
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Blake (as Frank McGlynn)
Pat Gleason ...
Red
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City Editor Gentry
Earle S. Dewey ...
Eddie Griffith (as Earl Dewey)
Milton Kibbee ...
Wheeler
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Mr. Joyce (as Gene Stutenroth)
George Kirby ...
Duckworth, the Butler
Norval Mitchell ...
Joe Seawell
John Valentine ...
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Reporter Patsy Reynolds (Robin Raymond) and photographer Eddie Porter (Frank Jenks)are assigned to interview John Foster (Davison Clark), head of the Emmerson Foundadtion regarding a listening device the organization is working on. Foster evades them and they to the lab to see Professor Reynolds (H. B. Warner), the real inventor. Soon, they are involved in several shootings, blueprints that change hands several times, a corpse in their car that appears and disappears a few times, the loss of their jobs and several people who either think they are killers or candidates for being killed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S MURDER...in which even the corpse LAUGHS! See more »

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Washington DC Wednesday 24 September 1947 on WTTG (Channel 5), in New York City Thursday 27 January 1949 on Film Theater of the Air on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 23 April 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Police Lieutenant Daniel O'Day: Look sister just because a man seems cold to the touch isn't proof that he's dead.
Patsy Clark: Listen Danny, when I touch a man and he stays cold then I know he's dead.
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"This man is deader than yesterday's headlines".
27 June 2010 | by (Florida, New York) – See all my reviews

For the second day in a row I'm forced to use the word 'brainless' to describe a movie I've just watched. Yesterday it was the Bowery Boys in "Master Minds", but with them you expect a bit of nonsense to go with the story. "Rogues Gallery" is just a mess from the word go, as a couple of investigative reporters from the Daily Express attempt to get the scoop on a new invention and the murders that follow trying to steal those plans.

What I wonder about when I watch a film like this is how any of the players could possibly make any sense out of the story. The drawings for this top secret listening device trade hands a number of times, while a couple of dead bodies wind up here and there in a dubious version of musical chairs. The invention at the center of the story was interesting though, a form of wireless communication that could pick up voices at a distance. Cell phone anyone? Now that I think about it, how secret would those plans be once they appeared in the newspaper? Those Emerson Foundation guys opened up the diagram of the device so Eddie Porter (Frank Jenks) could take a picture for the front page!

The film could probably have been more tolerable if the chemistry between photographer Eddie and reporter Patsy Clark (Robin Raymond) worked a bit better. Most of the time their banter fell flat, while the whistling gag was annoying the first time around. They even used the old lights out trick, not once but twice to have the invention drawings disappear. You would think there'd be a safe in that big old lab where they could have kept them in one place for a while.

Probably the thing that kept me going with this flick was the uncanny resemblance the two leads had to other actors of the era. Frank Jenks kept reminding me of Bob Hope, while Robin Raymond came across like a poor man's Martha Raye. Interesting because Hope and Raye teamed up in a dubious romantic comedy of their own five years earlier, in 1939's "Never Say Die".


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