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An insurance company investigator goes to a small town to probe into a case of supposed suicide. The natives are not very cooperative and some turn hostile, leading to suspicion of foul play.

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Sheriff Larry Best
Dennis O'Keefe ...
Sam Donovan
Barbara Britton ...
Anita Weatherby
Art Baker ...
Stu Weatherby
Ann E. Todd ...
Cathie Weatherby
Doro Merande ...
Hilda
Virginia Christine ...
Margaret Baker
Helen Spring ...
Bessie Weatherby
Ruth Lee ...
Mrs. Abbey
Henry Hall ...
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Russell Arms ...
Frank Baker (as Russell Armes)
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Gabe
Paul E. Burns ...
Mr. Abbey
Emmett Vogan ...
Blakely
Jamesson Shade ...
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An insurance company investigator goes to a small town to probe into a case of supposed suicide. The natives are not very cooperative and some turn hostile, leading to suspicion of foul play.

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Love Is Like Murder... when you're in... you're in deep!

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Mystery

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25 February 1949 (USA)  »

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Some Rain Must Fall  »

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When Sam first calls his boss Blakely about the case, Blakely says he hopes the insurance beneficiary is the killer because then the company won't have to pay off on the policy. That's incorrect. The company won't pay the killer, but the benefits will be paid to an alternate beneficiary or perhaps to the dead man's estate. See more »

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Better Than Expected
22 January 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

In my book, this little non-studio production exceeds bottom-of-the-bill expectations. It's a good cast, a tight script, and an intriguing non-noir mystery. So why aren't small town locals cooperating with insurance investigator O'Keefe as he looks into a suicide or maybe murder. Surprisingly, the sheriff (Bendix) seems especially indifferent. Good thing the Weatherby's elder daughter (Britton) is there to brighten up his stay.

The production does an excellent job blending the mystery ingredient with lighter moments and the romantic angle. I especially like the sparkling Britton and bubbly teenager Todd who combine with the others to make the Weatherby's a charmingly suspicious family. Bendix too excels as the laconic sheriff—just what is his pipe smoking angle. Then too, his verbal fencing with the persistent O'Keefe is unusually well scripted and performed. At the same time, I kept expecting one or the two to finally drop the fencing and take a poke. The ending, in particular, is rather surprising and unconventional for the time.

Too bad the delightful Britton never rose to the top rank she merits. The screen lights up every time she appears. Nonetheless, this obscure little feature is the kind of sleeper that old movie fans, like me, take special delight in catching up with.


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