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Carlton E. Morse (radio show "I Love A Mystery")
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Release Date:
4 July 1946 (USA) See more »
Will Tonight Bring Her...LOVE or DEATH? See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Karen Morley ... Rachel Martin Arnold

Jim Bannon ... Jack Packard

Jeff Donnell ... Nina Arnold

Mark Roberts ... Reed Cawthorne (as Robert Scott)

Robert Wilcox ... Richard Arnold
Barton Yarborough ... Doc Long

James Bell ... Edward Martin

Wilton Graff ... Ralph Martin
Helen Freeman ... Phoebe Martin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Edward Biby ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Boyd Davis ... Capt. Selby Martin (uncredited)

Russell Hicks ... Col. Wetherford (uncredited)
J. Louis Johnson ... Joshua (uncredited)

Robert Kellard ... James Wetherford (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
Writing credits
Carlton E. Morse (radio show "I Love A Mystery")

Malcolm Stuart Boylan (radio play "Faith, Hope and Charity Sisters") and
Julian Harmon (radio play "Faith, Hope and Charity Sisters")

Dwight V. Babcock (adaptation) (as Dwight Babcock) and
Charles O'Neal (adaptation)

Produced by
Wallace MacDonald .... producer
Original Music by
Alexander Steinert (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Henry Freulich 
Film Editing by
Art Seid  (as Arthur Seid)
Art Direction by
George Brooks 
Set Decoration by
George Montgomery 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Hiecke .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound (uncredited)
J.S. Westmoreland .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
Wallace Chewning .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music mixer (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernst Toch .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Vera Mikol .... research director (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #11679, General Audience)

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Working title: "The Coffin"See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows The Devil's Mask (1946)See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
It was Columbia, not Republic, 23 December 2007
Author: Mike Newton ( from Hamilton OHIO

Re: the review of the Unknown by the reviewer from Kentucky. Republic Studios did not produce the I Love A Mystery series. It was Columbia Pictures. I have the original lobby card from the first film, "I Love A Mystery" (adapted from the radio play "The Decapitation of Johnathen Monk) and probably the only film in the series that was faithful to the radio series. The other two films simply used the characters of Jack Packard and Doc Long. My friend, Carole Mathews appeared in the first film, and signed the lobby card for me. She also provided me with a DVD of the film. Columbia also produced the Whistler film series, which for some reasons lasted longer. There were only 3 films made in the I Love A Mystery series and why they were discontinued is anybody's guess. Probably box office appeal.

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