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Who's Guilty? (1945)

Walter Calvert (Davison Clark) calls upon his brother Henry (Davison Clark) at his eerie old house and demands a share of the family fortune, and threatens to kill Henry if he doesn't get ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Ruth Allen
Tim Ryan ...
Duke Ellis
Jayne Hazard ...
Rita Royale
Mrs. Dill
Sara Caldwell
Patton Calvert
Davison Clark ...
Walter Calvert / Henry Calvert
Horace Black
Bruce Donovan ...
Curt Bennett
Milton Kibbee ...
Morgan Calvert
Robert Tafur ...


Walter Calvert (Davison Clark) calls upon his brother Henry (Davison Clark) at his eerie old house and demands a share of the family fortune, and threatens to kill Henry if he doesn't get it. A few days later Henry's car goes over a cliff and he is presumed dead. Bob Stewart (Robert Kent, a detective whom Henry asked to investigate the matter if he should die, starts his investigation and Duke Ellis(Tim Ryan, a newspaper reporter friend is with him. Bob meets the family at their mansion and questions Henry's sister, his half-brother, his nephew and his nephew's bride, and Ruth Allen (Amelita Ward), whose father was in business with Henry. Henry's brother Patton (Charles Middleton) and a shadowy figure known as The Voice (NO, not the Narrator)plan to kill all the relatives and divide the fortune. As the murder attempts multiply, Bob, Ruth and Duke endeavor to track down the masterminds and bring them to justice. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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13 December 1945 (USA)  »

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Chapter Titles: 1. Avenging Visitor 2. The Unknown Strikes 3. Held For Murder 4. A Killer at Bay 5. Human Bait 6. The Pledge of Doom 7. A Date with Fate 8. Invisible Hands 9. Fate's Vengeance 10. The Unknown Killer 11. Riding to Oblivion 12. The Tank of Terror 13. White Terror 14. A Cry in the Night 15. The Guilty One See more »

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campy, entertaining 15-chapter murder mystery serial
29 December 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

One of the first of the Sam Katzman-produced serials at Columbia, WHO'S GUILTY is a bit different from the standard serial in that it is a murder mystery, and beginning with the second chapter each suspect is trotted out after the credits while the narrator points out incriminating things about him/her. My children saw this part of the film and though it was like the game CLUE come to life on the screen. This feels like a Monogram Charlie Chan film spread out over fifteen chapters, but minus chan and number one son and Mantan Moreland. Reliable b-movie leading man Robert Kent (Phantom Rider, She Shoulda Said No) plays a state investigator called into the case of the murder of a wealthy businessman, a man who lives in a mysterious estate and has all kinds of suspicious relatives who are waiting for their inheritance. Kent's comic sidekick (combining the number one son and Birmingham Brown roles, to continue the Chan comparison) is longtime comic actor and writer Tim Ryan, who has played similar roles in Bowery Boys and Chan films, but NEVER this dim-witted or clownish. There are constant red herrings, and the film makes some detours into subplots that wear a bit thin (a subplot in Mexico lasts three or four chapters, a gangster subplot comes up later), but 15-chapter serials almost always have some padding. Overall, this film's old-fashioned over-the-top acting (from the supporting players only--Kent is a stoic hero), occasional mysterious settings, and intriguing murder mystery add up to an entertaining, campy serial. However, unless you like the more humor-laced murder mysteries of the 40s (Boston Blackie, Chan, etc.), you probably will find this film unsatisfying and laughable. Taken in the right spirit, it can be refreshingly unpretentious entertainment and can provide a wonderful mix of laughs and thrills. Special mention should be made of Charles Middleton's wonderful performance as the suspicious butler--often sharpening knives with a gleeful look on his face!

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