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Shadows in the Night (1944)

A young woman wants The Crime Doctor to help her decipher her strange nightmares.


(as Eugene J. Forde)


(radio series Crime Doctor characters), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
... Dr. Robert Ordway
... Lois Garland
... Frank Swift
... Jess Hilton
... Stanley Carter
... Nick Kallus
... Adele Carter


A young woman wants The Crime Doctor to help her decipher her strange nightmares.

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Release Date:

27 July 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime Doctor's Rendezvous  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Followed by The Millerson Case (1947) See more »

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Best of the Ordways
10 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film is the tenth and last of the Crime Doctor films that I've tracked down. It's the hardest to see for reasons I don't know. The other films have screened on TCM over the past few years since TCM picked up the old Columbia catalog, but this one stubbornly refuses to show up.

Well, I'm glad to say Dr. Ordway saved the best for last for me. The film's generic-sounding title is a little off-putting. It has plenty of shadows and in fact, even has a little bit of a horror film feel in a few moments. That's helped out by the presence of George Zucco, most welcome here as a mysterious chemist. Warner Baxter is terrific in his role as the Crime Doctor. I used to not like him so much based on some of his early films that I had seen, but he has totally won me over as Dr. Ordway. His extremely calm and unassuming manner is always relaxing to see and in this one (the third out of ten) he clearly has his character down and is able to get away with a few rather rude moments (such as throwing the chemical bottle at Zucco's feet) with barely a rise out of the other characters due to his otherwise professional demeanor.

The plot is very exciting in this entry - a young woman comes to Ordway's home in the middle of a rain-stormy night to beg for his help with her sleepwalking nightmares. At her home, Ordway encounters a dead body after suffering a similar such sleepwalking nightmare. Yet, all of the characters, including the young woman (an excellent Nina Foch) think their friend died of natural causes. Ordway's persistence proves otherwise.

As usual with classic Hollywood detective films there are always some plot holes, but this film easily overcomes them by succeeding with terrific atmosphere, steady pacing and by simply being a fun whodunit. Cheers to Dr. Ordway!

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