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Seven Doors to Death (1944)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance | 16 August 1944 (USA)
A shot rings out in a darkened apartment; a woman screams and flees, tricking architect Jimmy McMillan into giving her a ride. McMillan returns and finds a body; but the police find a ... See full summary »

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Elmer Clifton

Writers:

Helen Kiely (original story), Elmer Clifton (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Chick Chandler ... Jimmy McMillan
June Clyde ... Mary Rawling
George Meeker ... Charles Eaton
Michael Raffetto ... Capt. Wm. Jaffe
Gregory Gaye ... Henry Gregor (as Gregory Gay)
Edgar Dearing ... Claude Burns
Rebel Randall ... Mable De Rose
Milton Wallace Milton Wallace ... Donald Adams
Casey MacGregor Casey MacGregor ... Timothy Green
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Storyline

A shot rings out in a darkened apartment; a woman screams and flees, tricking architect Jimmy McMillan into giving her a ride. McMillan returns and finds a body; but the police find a different body! He and the woman in question (Mary Rawlins, niece of the late owner), both suspects, become allies; among light romantic banter they hunt the real killer behind the seven doors of a blind alley, housing eccentric suspects and a dark, intricate, spooky cellar... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IT'S murder...but FUN! See more »

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Mystery | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1944 (USA) See more »

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Vanishing Corpses See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The character played by Gregory Gaye is "Henry Gregor" in dialogue, but screen credits wrongly list the name as "Henry Butler." See more »

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Capt. William Jaffe: You see the night of the murder he was being IQ tested by a psychiatrist.
Jimmy McMillan: What for, public office?
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Partners in crime
9 September 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

After a woman (Clyde) flees from an apartment following a series of shots, she car-jacks a passing motorist (Chandler) in order to escape and the two eventually become embroiled in a murder mystery (and a budding romance) they must solve to avoid suspicion.

Throughout their enquiries a number of potential leads emerge, Gaye plays a quirky crime-scene photographer who collects ghoulish photographs of real-life murderers and serial killers, while Casey MacGregor looks a likely suspect as the brawny, silent gardener infatuated by Rebel Randall's vivacious vixen, a high society gal with champagne tastes on a beer budget (and who bears a striking resemblance to Paulette Goddard or Hedy Lamarr).

Predictably, the sleuths manage to out-pace the clueless detective (Raffetto), closing the case in record time (61 minutes, in fact, Chandler solves the mystery in 50 minutes), and not a moment too soon as far as I was concerned. Lightweight and lacking suspense, it's not a howler, just an average B-picture mystery displaying little originality or excitement.


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