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Find the Blackmailer (1943)

John Rhodes (Gene Lockhart)hires private detective D. L. Trees (Jerome Cowan)to track down a talking blackbird owned by Fred Molner, who uses the bird as a means of blackmailing Rhodes. ... See full summary »

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Writers:

Robert E. Kent (screenplay), G.T. Fleming-Roberts (from a magazine story by "Blackmail with Feathers")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerome Cowan ... D.L. Trees
Faye Emerson ... Mona Vance
Gene Lockhart ... John M. Rhodes
Marjorie Hoshelle Marjorie Hoshelle ... Pandora Pines
Robert Kent ... Mark Harper
Wade Boteler ... Detective Lieutenant Cramer
John Harmon ... Ray Hickey
Bradley Page ... Mitch Farrell
Lou Lubin ... Mr. Olen
Ralph Peters ... Mr. Coleman
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John Rhodes (Gene Lockhart)hires private detective D. L. Trees (Jerome Cowan)to track down a talking blackbird owned by Fred Molner, who uses the bird as a means of blackmailing Rhodes. Molner has taught the bird to repeat "Don't kill me, Rhodes" in the event he is murdered by a member of a gambling syndicate he has defrauded. Going to Molner's apartment, Trees finds him murdered and his bodyguard, Ray Hickey (John Harmon), unconscious. Clues lead Trees to Mona Vance (Faye Emerson, Molner's girlfriend, who is involved with Mark Harper (Robert Kent, presumably her lawyer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

Love in her eyes but BLACKMAIL IN HER HEART! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crimen sin rastro See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Wednesday 28 November 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Portland OR Sunday 24 March 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), in Phoenix Wednesday 22 May 1957 on KOOL (Channel 10), in Philadelphia Saturday 29 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Chicago Sunday 14 July 1957 on WGN (Channel 9), and in Honolulu Monday 29 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13). See more »

Quotes

D.L. Trees: Now be quiet, I'm listening to the radio.
Pandora Pines: You, listening to jive? You don't even know what a hep cat is.
D.L. Trees: Sure I do. It's a cat that heps.
Pandora Pines: [rolls eyes]
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Spoofs The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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Jerome Cowan Earns His Keep and Keeps You Entertained!
5 November 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Politician Gene Lockhart is being blackmailed, so he enlists the help of the most unknown detective (to keep it quiet and out of the news) to get him out of the scrape. Enter Jerome Cowan (Bogart's murdered partner in "The Maltese Falcon"), who has a very likable disposition as a unscrupulous and somewhat sleazy detective. It seems they need a crow that repeats what it hears and it heard the last words of a murdered man, implicating Gene Lockhart. Through a series of twists and turns and interrogations of suspects and run-ins with hoodlums, Jerome tries to get at the truth. What begins very pleasantly and simply turns very complicated quickly with some zippy and witty one-liners. This film was in fact very funny, and by the end I think you'll feel thoroughly satisfied. There's even a twist that you don't see coming. Or do you? Whatever the means to get his man, Jerome Cowan as D.L. Trees earns his money and gives you a good time for a little over an hour. Good job, big guy!


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