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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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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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PRESCRIPTION FOR DEATH! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Followed by Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946) See more »

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Another crime doctor caper with Ordway injecting poison...
21 April 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This time Dr. Ordway (WARNER BAXTER) is involved in a plot concerning diabetics and insulin with the reliable MARTIN KOSLECK as the villain of the piece who is not above switching a bottle of insulin for poison and making Dr. Ordway the unsuspecting killer.

While there are plenty of suspects who might have wanted the deceased man out of the way, the plot hinges mostly on sinister doings at the Ganss Mortuary run by Kosleck who is prone to dispose of anyone who is going to reveal information to Dr. Ordway.

It's a good old-fashioned mystery with some creepy characters among the villains assisting Kosleck and the plot is less murky than some of the others in the crime doctor series. There's a clever plot twist with the doctor using supposed blindness as deception in catching the killer.

Summing up: One of the better entries in the crime doctor series.


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Country:

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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