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The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1946)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 7 June 1946 (USA)
Gilbert Archer, a Broadway gossip-columnist for a newspaper, learns that his best friend,a priest, has been murdered and one of the suspects is a pretty girl, Patricia Foster. In one of the... See full summary »

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Patricia Foster, AKA Laura Browning
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Matthew Stoker
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Gilbert Archer, a Broadway gossip-columnist for a newspaper, learns that his best friend,a priest, has been murdered and one of the suspects is a pretty girl, Patricia Foster. In one of the bibles belonging to the murdered-priest, Archer discovers a code which leads him to the hiding place of a valuable painting. presumed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Archer also learns that the murder was committed by persons anxious to get the painting, and he and Patricia are in danger. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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3 DIED...TRYING TO PIERCE THE SECRET OF THE WALLS! (original ad - all caps) See more »


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Matthew Stoker: Now, Mr. Archer, suppose we entertain each other while my wife makes a brief search of the premises.
Gilbert Archer: Certainly. You play gin?
[Archer stands up to reach for a cigarette lighter. Stoker pushes the gun barrel into his chest. Archer motions toward a table]
Gilbert Archer: Lighter!
[Stoker tries to light it with no success]
Gilbert Archer: May I?
[He uses the lighter to knock the gun out of Stoker's hand]
Gilbert Archer: You need a refresher course, Reverend, at whatever seminary it was that you went to. Out!
Matthew Stoker: Very neat, Mr. Archer. Very neat, ...
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Lee Bowman hunts a murderer and an unknown Da Vinci
25 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Walls Came Tumbling Down" (1946) is a solid Columbia noir. Lee Bowman plays a columnist who doesn't take any guff from anyone, so when his oldest and best friend, a priest, is found in a trumped-up suicide, Bowman is on the case all the way.

The supporting cast is filled with professionals who make the film very easy to take. The story is a riff on "The Maltese Falcon". The treasure hunt in this case is for two bibles that hold the key to an unknown but genuine Da Vinci that depicts Joshua before the walls of Jericho. In one way or another, after this are George Macready, Edgar Buchanan, Marguerite Chapman, Edward Bromberg and Noel Cravat. Lee Patrick is Bowman's secretary as she was Bogart's in 1941. Jonathan Hale is the head detective and Moroni Olsen is the dead man's superior. Elisabeth Risdon and Katherine Emery, two other recognizable supporting players, have smaller roles.

The film has noir photography by Charles Lawton Jr., a veteran. The story plays out in a somewhat low-key way, but it has its share of quips and tension. It moves forward nicely and the array of character actors helps maintain interest, not to mention the fine job done by Bowman. And the lovely Chapman provides some electricity. It has several mystery components that Bowman unravels. The sets do the story justice. This film looks great in its new DVD print, another huge improvement over the previous second-market copies that were traded.


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