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The Hat Box Mystery (1947)

 -  Short | Crime | Drama  -  12 June 1947 (USA)
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Susan Hart, assistant to private detective Russ Ashton, is given a camera concealed in a hat box and assigned to take a picture of a woman. A gun is accidentally hidden in the box and the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Neal ...
Russ Ashton
Pamela Blake ...
Susan Hart
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'Harvard'
Virginia Sale ...
Veronica Hoopler
Leonard Penn ...
Stevens, aka John Moreland
Olga Andre ...
Marie Moreland
Tom Kennedy ...
Patrolman Outside Embassy Apartments
Al Hill ...
Flint, the Boss
Edward Keane ...
District Attorney
Zon Murray ...
Joe, a thug
Bob Nunes
Jack Cheatham ...
Policeman
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Susan Hart, assistant to private detective Russ Ashton, is given a camera concealed in a hat box and assigned to take a picture of a woman. A gun is accidentally hidden in the box and the woman is killed. Susan is charged with murder, but Russ and his less-than-useful associate, Harvard, get on the case and prove that the fatal shot was fired by the killer from across the street. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crazy Credits

The credits begin to roll in a normal fashion, with a picture of a hat box in the background. It stops, and Tom Neal is shown in his detective agency; He begins talking about the bills he is holding, then he introduces the other three main characters, who enter and act as if the camera was a real audience, and tell their names in the movie. Then he says, "Here's the rest of our cast," and it reverts back to the regular screen with a hat box in the background. See more »

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Strict Programmer Film
23 August 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Pamela Blake and her boyfriend Tom Neal run a detective agency that has been in some financial trouble. When Tom Neal gets an assignment out of town a well dressed fellow approaches Pamela Blake to ask her to get photos of his cheating wife for a divorce. The camera is to be hidden in a hat box. When Pamela goes to snap the photo of the cheating wife it is not a camera she is pulling the trigger on, but a gun that has been rigged inside the box. Pamela is arrested and it is up to her boyfriend Tom Neal and others to clear her name.

This is a strict and tight programmer film, running just under 45 minutes. The movie in the public domain and can be found on many VHS and DVD versions put out by various companies.

The opening of the movie is also interesting. The 4 main stars all introduce themselves and the characters they play before the opening credits begin.


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