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Haunted House (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 22 July 1940 (USA)
Teenagers try to clear a friend accused of murder.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)

Writers:

Jack Leonard (story), Monte Collins (story) (as Monty Collins) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jackie Moran ... Jimmie Atkins
Marcia Mae Jones ... Mildred 'Millie' Henshaw
George Cleveland ... Albert Henshaw
Christian Rub ... Olaf Jensen
Henry Hall ... Cyrus W. 'Cy' Burton
John St. Polis ... Simkins
Clarence Wilson ... Eph, Service Station Owner
Mary Carr ... Grandma
Jessie Arnold ... Mrs. Emily Henshaw
Hooper Atchley ... Prosecuting Attorney
Marcelle Ray Marcelle Ray ... Lucy Peters
Buddy Swan Buddy Swan ... Junior Henshaw (as Buddy Swann)
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Storyline

Jimmie, the Brownsville Bugle's office boy, and Millie, niece of editor Henshaw, turn amateur detectives in order to help a friend who is accused of murder. With more zeal than direction, they pick the owner of a gas station as the killer, and when he turns out to be innocent, Henshaw fires Jimmie. The two go on searching and next suspect Lawyer Cy Burton but have no conclusive evidence and are about to give up when Millie finds a clue that leads to the hidden fortune of the murdered Mrs. Blake. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two kid reporters solve a mystery... jail a killer... and fall in love! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 26 April 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Monday 6 March 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Friday 10 November 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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More Cute Than Good
30 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Jackie Moran is the office boy at the small-town newspaper. He's ambitious to be a reporter, and the ongoing trial of Christian Rub, the simple-minded handyman accused of the murder of his employer, has him incensed. His employer, George Cleveland, tells him to mind his own work, but Jackie talks Cleveland's niece into helping him. Despite setbacks, they persevere, leading them to the home of the murdered woman.

I's directed by Robert MacGowan, best remembered as the director of the OUR GANG series throughout the silent era. It's a cheap production from Monogram, anxious to promote their own adolescent stars, but without the budgeting power that the majors could offer. The result is more cute than expert, even though the mild good humor keeps things flowing at a reasonable rate.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haunted House See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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