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At the Stroke of Twelve (1941)

This entry in Warner's "Broadway Brevity" series of shorts is based on Damon Runyon's short story, "The Old Doll's House". Racketeer Lance McGowan, on the night he has decided to go ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Lane McGowan
Abigail Osley, aka The Old Doll
Knox Manning ...
Angie the Ox (as Howard da Silva)
Prosecuting Attorney

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This entry in Warner's "Broadway Brevity" series of shorts is based on Damon Runyon's short story, "The Old Doll's House". Racketeer Lance McGowan, on the night he has decided to go straight, finds himself caught between the gunfire of two rival gangsters and, wounded by a bullet, he finds refuge in the home of a wealthy recluse. One of the gangsters is found riddled with bullets from the gun Lance dropped while making his escape, and he is arrested and tried for murder. The reclusive widow comes to the trail and testifies that Lance was her guest that night when the clock struck twelve, the time of the killing. Lance, while innocent, is also lucky, as the widow had her all her clocks set to always strike twelve, as the time her husband had died. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Short | Drama





Release Date:

15 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1941-1942 season) #3: At the Stroke of Twelve  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Warner Bros.' always prophetic prognosticators tap Craig Stevens to foreshadow . . .
3 April 2017 | by (The Gutters of Baltimore) – See all my reviews

. . . Red Commie KGB Chief Vlad "The Mad Russian" Putin's Designated Liar in America's White House, Sean Spicerack, during this clarion warning cry to We Americans of the (Then) Far Future. Stevens' "Lance McGowan," as Spicerack, concocts the craziest cockamamie tale to Flim-Flam a jury of normal Americans and beat a Rap for Murder One. Thanks to perjured testimony from a rich old bag who could pass for Kellyanne Conwoman's great granny, Lance is given a free pass to continue his Life of Crime. Warner desperately tries to sharpen the wits of its AT THE STROKE OF TWELVE audience by making Lance's rapid-fire delivery of Fake Facts a convincing Alternate Reality. But because Warner shows Lance's gun DID fire the fatal bullet, and his hat WAS next to the corpse, they're telling us that when someone looks like a traitor, talks like a traitor, and walks like a traitor, it's time to shoot them for treason! Jurors and the Public cannot afford to let themselves be duped by high-price legal defense "Dream Teams" fabricating far-fetched theories of possible innocence out of whole cloth, such as those being spun at Spicerack's daily briefings in the White House. It time to put your foot down, Warner screams at us, and start nuking Russia. Then when there's nothing left moving on that land mass except for the cockroaches, deport Putin's Puppet Rump, along with his 62 million treasonous enablers and their families, to repopulate their New Homeland: Russia.

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