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Tell No Tales (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Mystery, Drama | 12 May 1939 (USA)
Michael Cassidy is the editor of a failing newspaper. A scoop would be welcome to boost the sales and to avoid closure. To this end, he decides to personally track down a gang of kidnappers.

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Leslie Fenton

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Lionel Houser (screenplay), Pauline London (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvyn Douglas ... Michael Cassidy
Louise Platt ... Ellen Frazier
Gene Lockhart ... Arno
Douglass Dumbrille ... Matt Cooper (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Florence George ... Lorna Travers
Halliwell Hobbes ... Dr. Lovelake
Zeffie Tilbury ... Miss Mary
Harlan Briggs ... Davie Bryant
Sara Haden ... Miss Brendon
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Charlie Daggett (as Hobart Cavanagh)
Oscar O'Shea ... Sam O'Neil
Theresa Harris ... Ruby
Jean Fenwick ... Mrs. Lovelake
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Haskins
Joseph Crehan ... Chalmers
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Michael Cassidy is the managing-editor of a small newspaper which is about to be closed down by its new owner, Matthew Cooper, who owns another newspaper in the city and only bought the second one to get rid of the competition. There has been a kidnapping in the city and Cassidy gets one of the hundred-dollar-bills, paid in ransom, at a saloon and begins to trace the bill backwards step-by-step to get to the kidnappers. He is aided by Ellen Frazier, a schoolteacher, who is the only eye-witness. Each step leads to a miniature drama of it own to...to the widow, Ruby Alley, at the wake of her dead prizefighter-husband...to the owner of a gambling house, Arno, who discovers that his brother, the cashier of the casino, is involved in the kidnapping...to a husband who is not thrilled to learn his wife ahas been cheating on him...before he finds the kidnappers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial television broadcast in Los Angeles took place Tuesday 25 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 21 July 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 1 January 1959 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally by New York City 24 September 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Mantan Moreland, African-American Comedian
5 May 2002 | by hhbooker2See all my reviews

Greetings & Salutations! Mantan Moreland (1902-1973), native of Monroe, Louisiana, really made a difference in the 134 movies he appeared in in a 40 span, worthy of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Up there with Hattie McDaniel, Bo Jangles, Stepin Fetchet, Spencer Williams, Tim Moore, Ernestine Wade, and so many other great African-American actors and actresses. Just with his wide eyed look he could bring down the entire audience or when he feigned fear in horror/drama films like "Feathered Serpent" (1948), "The Spider" (1945), "The Shanghai Cobra" (1945), and "Phantom Killer" (1942). I collect African-American films on VHS format and treasure mostly Mantan's films. These movies are really timeless and always evoke laughter and are worth collecting!


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