Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are ... See full summary »
A girl has been murdered. A woman cannot remember a man who claims to be her husband. Her uncle hosts a radio murder mystery show called "The Unsuspected". Who killed the girl? Why? And who is this mystery husband?Written by
In an article in the 10 October 1946 edition of the New York Times, Humphrey Bogart was to have starred in this film but was unavailable, so the role went to Claude Rains. See more »
The position of the hotel's sign outside the window changes between shots. From the outside, the letter "K" is even with the top of the window. When first seen from inside, it is lower. But in the next shot it's back higher again, even looking from the same level - so it spells out "KILL" to the resident of the room. See more »
[Remarking about Mathilda]
If that's a Brazilian gown, I'll leave for Argentina in the morning.
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Opening title and credits are typed in a bound manuscript, and we see someone's gloved hands flipping the pages. See more »
For his final film on his Warner Brothers contract Claude Rains got a starring role instead of being in support of one or two of Warner's name contract leads. Rains plays Victor Grandison the host of a radio mystery show where he narrates crime stories. He's a most popular host with good Hooper ratings I'm sure. Hooper by the way was the equivalent of the Nielsen ratings for television.
Rains lives well courtesy of his niece Joan Caulfield who has some large inherited wealth. There's another niece Audrey Totter who lives with them and her husband Hurd Hatfield, but not happily.
One of Rains's aides at the radio station is murdered. Then Caulfield is reported missing at sea. Before she's found Ted North arrives at the estate claiming to be her husband, but she can't remember getting married.
A couple of more deaths occur and always Rains is The Unsuspected one. What he is is a master manipulator of people and events.
The key to it all is North who is definitely not what he seems. Also Constance Bennett is around who works at the radio station. I liked her, but she's got a most ill defined role. And we never do learn why the first aide is killed.
Nevertheless Claude Rains is really giving a performance that they ought to show in acting classes. So many emotions, so subtly conveyed.
For Claude Rains fans everywhere.
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