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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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Short | Crime | Drama

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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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You'll remember the hat box more than the rest of the movie
10 December 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

With her boss away on much needed business Susan Blake agrees to take a photo of a cheating wife for an new client using a camera in a hat box. Unfortunately for Susan the camera is really a gun and she is being used to kill woman "in the photo".

Short and breezy this movie would be completely forgettable were it not for the means of the murder. Its not that its bad as such, its more that the plotting is so tight that it really has nowhere to go. I'd really like to explain a couple of the non twists but that would reveal pretty much everything there is about the meager story. While it makes for an enjoyable 43 minutes, you do wish that there was more meat on this hamburger of a movie. The cast which includes Tom Neal and Allen Jenkins is game and sells it for more than its worth. The script, though unremarkable plotted, does have some funny lines such as when the first "client" in a long spell finally walks through the door.

Recommended as part of a night of multiple features and not a stand alone movie.


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