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Just Before Dawn (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 March 1946 (USA)
In the 7th film of the "Crime Doctor" series based on the radio program, Dr. Robert Ordway (Warner Baxter) is summoned to take attend a diabetic, and gives an injection of insulin taken ... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Eric Taylor (story), Eric Taylor (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Warner Baxter ... Dr. Robert Ordway
Adele Roberts Adele Roberts ... Claire Foster (as Adelle Roberts)
Martin Kosleck ... Karl Ganss
Mona Barrie ... Harriet Travers
Marvin Miller ... Casper
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Insp. Burns
Robert Barrat ... Clyde Travers (as Robert H. Barrat)
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In the 7th film of the "Crime Doctor" series based on the radio program, Dr. Robert Ordway (Warner Baxter) is summoned to take attend a diabetic, and gives an injection of insulin taken from a bottle in the patient's pocket. The man dies and Ordway discovers that what he thought was insulin was really poison. Oops! Two other people are murdered before Ordway discovers who replaced the insulin with poison and what the motive was. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A FACELESS KILLER ON THE LOOSE! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1946 (USA) See more »

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Exposed by the Crime Doctor See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A totally irrelevant title for a good little Crime Docter entry
19 November 2015 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

In this entry of the Crime Doctor series, starring Warner Baxter as psychiatrist Dr. Robert Ordway, Ordway's neighbor knocks on his door one night and asks him to attend to a party guest, a diabetic, who has passed out. He hasn't taken his insulin, which he usually takes before dinner, but dinner has been delayed. Dr. Ordway asks the diabetic's sister where he keeps his insulin, she retrieves it, and Ordway gives him the dose. The man regains consciousness for just a few minutes and then dies. Ordway has injected him with a mixture of insulin and poison. As the police say to Ordway the next day "Someone has made a fine sucker out of you." It turns out that Walter Foster, the victim, was a man who inherited 250 thousand dollars - a tidy sum in those days - and in a couple of years had blown through it all. The victim also had some interesting last words "God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another", from Hamlet. Me? If I was in such a bind I'm sure I would just say "Help me I'm dying!!!", rather than quote Shakespeare, but that's another story.

Angry that he has been made the patsy in this murder, and also having his natural curiosity about crime, Ordway goes about trying to find the murderer. This entry just oozes atmosphere. You have strange goings on at a funeral parlor, a screaming woman trapped in the funeral parlor with a dead body that is to be buried the next morning, and the parlor's hearse driving around menacingly at night, looking more like it is in search of creating corpses rather than just hauling them.

This entry was directed by William Castle and has that macabre feeling for which his films were well known. I'd say the story and direction make this a cut above the other Crime Doctor films, not that any of the others were bad or even mediocre. I'd recommend it.


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