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Midnight Manhunt (1945)

In a cheap hotel-room in New York City Jelke shoots gangster Joe Wells, takes a package from his pocket and flees.Wells staggers into an alley. On her way to her apartment above a wax ... See full summary »

Director:

William C. Thomas

Writer:

David Lang (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Gargan ... Pete Willis
Ann Savage ... Sue Gallagher
Leo Gorcey ... Clutch Tracy
George Zucco ... Jelke
Paul Hurst ... Murphy
Don Beddoe ... Detective Lt. Max Hurley
Charles Halton ... Henry Miggs
George E. Stone ... Joe Wells
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In a cheap hotel-room in New York City Jelke shoots gangster Joe Wells, takes a package from his pocket and flees.Wells staggers into an alley. On her way to her apartment above a wax museum, Sue Gallagher, a reporter for the Chronicle, finds Wells' body and hides his corpse among the wax-figures in the museum and calls her paper to send a photographer so she can get a scoop on the killing of Wells, who had a $5,000 reward for his capture, dead or alive. Meanwhile, Henry Miggs, the museum owner find the body and is ready to call the police but his handyman, Clutch Tracy tells him to conceal it and avoid suspicion. From this point on it is a game of where-is-the-body....and the stolen South American diamonds Wells was carrying. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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YOU'LL HAVE THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Exciting Night See more »

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Production Co:

Pine-Thomas Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Sue Gallagher: Ah, don't mind me tonight, Mr. Miggs I'm just mad at the world.
Henry Miggs: She's a reporter.
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The Two-Dollar Bills Are More Than Slightly Off-Target
18 October 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

After Scared Stiff, Ann Savage played the feminine lead in Midnight Manhunt, in which she is relentlessly put down by charmless William Gargan – not one of my favorite leading men by a long chalk. David Lang's script is one of those affairs in which a collection of not overbright characters get themselves involved with murder and missing jewels on the flimsiest of pretexts. As a time filler, this little "B" is overladen with dialogue but still plays with reasonable celerity, thanks more to the sterling efforts of an A-1 support cast led by Leo Gorcey and Charles Halton than to any input from dull, relentlessly plodding, over-emphatic direction from co-producer William C. Thomas (of the Scared Stiff Two-Dollar Bills).


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