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Just Before Dawn (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 7 March 1946 (USA)
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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Dr. Robert Ordway
Adele Roberts ...
Claire Foster (as Adelle Roberts)
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Karl Ganss
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Harriet Travers
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Casper
Charles D. Brown ...
Insp. Burns
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Clyde Travers (as Robert H. Barrat)
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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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Crime | Mystery | Drama

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7 March 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Followed by The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949) See more »

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God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another
21 April 2007 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Good entry in the Crime Doctor series where our hero, Dr. Robert Ordway, inadvertently gives poison to a man in diabetic shock. The police are willing co-conspirators to the Crime Doctor's sleuthing in this case but there will be additional murders before a final resolution.

The real issue is not murder but a business being run out of a funeral parlor. The dying diabetic mumbles something before passing that is later revealed to be from Hamlet: "God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another" (Hamlet 3.1). What could possibly be going on in the funeral parlor in the evening? Direction by future horror meister William Castle results in some excellent shots of where something sinister is implied with off-screen mayhem. Recommended


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