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Just Before Dawn (1946)

 -  Crime | Mystery | Drama  -  7 March 1946 (USA)
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In the 7th film of the "Crime Doctor" series based on the radio program, Dr. Robert Ordway (Warner Baxter) is summoned to take attend a diabetic, and gives an injection of insulin taken ... See full summary »

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In the 7th film of the "Crime Doctor" series based on the radio program, Dr. Robert Ordway (Warner Baxter) is summoned to take attend a diabetic, and gives an injection of insulin taken from a bottle in the patient's pocket. The man dies and Ordway discovers that what he thought was insulin was really poison. Oops! Two other people are murdered before Ordway discovers who replaced the insulin with poison and what the motive was. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE CRIME DOCTOR TRAPS A KILLER! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Dr. Ordway injects poison instead of insulin
15 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the 7th entry in the "Crime Doctor" series starring Warner Baxter as Dr. Robert Ordway. This time, at a party, he gives a diabetic in shock insulin, using a bottle of insulin in his pocket, only to find out it was poison when the patient dies. Before the man dies, he mutters something which turns out to be from Hamlet.

There are two other murders, but as usual, Ordway figures it out. He has plenty of suspects, too.

Directed by William Castle, this is an interesting story, though none of these "Crime Doctor" films are particularly thrilling. Baxter gives his usual relaxed performance, though it's noticeable in the later films that his health was failing.

Good film for mystery buffs, even if you can figure out the end.


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