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Lady in the Death House (1944)

A young woman is on death row for the murder of a man who was blackmailing her family, although she claims she was framed. Her fiance, a doctor who is conducting experiments on reviving the... See full summary »

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Steve Sekely

Writers:

Frederick C. Davis (original story: "Meet the Executioner"), Harry O. Hoyt (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean Parker ... Mary Kirk Logan
Lionel Atwill ... Charles Finch
Douglas Fowley ... Dr. Dwight 'Brad' Bradford
Marcia Mae Jones ... Suzy Kirk Logan
Robert Middlemass ... State's Attorney
Cy Kendall ... Detective
John Maxwell ... Robert Snell
George Irving ... Gregory
Forrest Taylor ... Warden
Sam Flint ... Gov. Harrison
Dick Curtis ... Willis Millen
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A young woman is on death row for the murder of a man who was blackmailing her family, although she claims she was framed. Her fiance, a doctor who is conducting experiments on reviving the dead, also happens to be the state's executioner, and is assigned to pull the switch when she is strapped into the electric chair. A famous criminologist, believing her to be innocent, rushes to investigate the case and clear her before her execution date. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Executioner See more »

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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The apartment of one of the main characters has a front door that opens into the hallway rather than into the apartment. This goes against building regulations, and serves no purpose in the movie, as opposed to 1944's 'Double Indemnity' where such a door opening into the hallway does have a specific reason. So it seems nothing more than an oversight on the part of the set builders. See more »

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Girl overheard at bar: So after all that, what could I do? I just had to accept the mink coat.
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Jean Parker may have the worst sister but she's got a friend in Lionel Atwill, so it'll be OK
10 June 2017 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Poverty row cheapie starring Lionel Atwill as a criminologist who tries to stop an innocent girl from being executed in the electric chair. Told through flashback, the story begins with Atwill befriending Doug Fowley's character, a scientist who's going to do big things someday but until then he has to make ends meet as the executioner at the state pen! He wants to marry Jean Parker but she refuses, having pretty strong opinions on capital punishment on account of her dearly departed dad being a criminal. Things get even more melodramatic when a guy who was blackmailing Jean winds up murdered and she's tried and convicted for the crime. If you guess that Fowley's job as executioner figures back into things, congratulations. On top of all this, Jean's sister is acting shady and doesn't seem all that broken up about Jean being fried extra crispy. Leave it to Lionel Atwill to solve everything, albeit taking his sweet time to do so. It's not a bad little B movie. Very cheap as you would expect from something made by PRC. But it's perfectly watchable and even curiously entertaining at points. Bonus points for excessive "wipes." A sure sign of a top-notch production.


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