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The Unknown (1946)

Passed  -  Action | Crime | Mystery  -  4 July 1946 (USA)
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The daughter of a strange famiy has returned after a long time to the family estate. She has two investigators checking out the eerie goings-on on the estate's spooky mansion.

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Cast overview:
Karen Morley ...
Rachel Martin Arnold
Jim Bannon ...
Jeff Donnell ...
Nina Arnold
Mark Roberts ...
Reed Cawthorne (as Robert Scott)
Robert Wilcox ...
Richard Arnold
Barton Yarborough ...
James Bell ...
Edward Martin
Wilton Graff ...
Helen Freeman ...
Phoebe Martin
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Story takes place over a span of years and a lot happens before Jack Packard and 'Doc" Long show up, or is explained after they make their entrance: A girl marries against the wishes of her parents, the parents argue about it, the father is killed, the girl loses her mind, and the mother goes away and pretends to be dead. Years later, the daughter of the insane woman (she had gotten married, and pregnant)returns to the old family homestead, and is not welcomed with open arms, as this family has several closets containing skeletons...from around the world. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Will Tonight Bring Her...LOVE or DEATH? See more »


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4 July 1946 (USA)  »

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A Casa do Morto  »

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Third and final entry in the 'I Love a Mystery' series, based on the popular radio program of the same name. See more »

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Follows The Devil's Mask (1946) See more »

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A Showcase for Karen Morley
7 November 2007 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

"The Unknown" (1946) is a surprisingly entertaining and atmospheric mystery inspired by the "I LOVE A MYSTERY" radio program. It is actually one of three Republic B-movies based on the program, all featured straight arrow detective Jack Packard and his corn-pone partner Doc Long (Barton Yarborough).

In "The Unknown" Jack and Doc are hired to escort young Nina Arnold (Jeff Donnell) to her ancestral mansion in Kentucky for the reading of her grandmother's will. The twist is that Nina was placed in foster care as an infant and will be meeting her mother Rachel (Karen Morley) for the first time. The mansion is spooky with her grandfather's body buried behind the fireplace and a mausoleum full of seemingly restless ancestors located outside the house.

I was very surprised at how well written and nicely paced this film was. It's a good yarn with a lot of misdirection and some unexpected plot elements.

Although Bannon and Yarborough are the series regulars, top billing for "The Unknown" went to Morley. Deservedly so as it is clearly her film, she plays an addled woman who never recovered from the loss of her baby daughter. She keeps a baby crib in her bedroom and hears a baby crying throughout the film. The was probably Morley's best performance, shortly after she fell victim to the HUAC hearings and worked very little in the industry from that point.

The other two "I LOVE A MYSTERY" thrillers are also quite entertaining but neither has anything to match Morley's performance.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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