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The Checkered Coat (1948)

Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Madden is visited by a man, Steve "Creepy" Bolin, wearing a weird checkered coat, and when Madden learns that Creepy is subject to death-like trances and the fear ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

Merwin Gerard (story), John C. Higgins | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Conway ... Dr. Michael Madden
Noreen Nash ... Betty Madden
Hurd Hatfield ... Steve 'Creepy' Bolin
James Seay ... Capt. Dunhill
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Prince
Marten Lamont Marten Lamont ... Fred Madden
Frank Cady ... Skinner
Leonard Mudie ... Jerry
Russell Arms ... Dr. Stevenson
Lee Bonnell Lee Bonnell ... Dr. Pryor
Julian Rivero ... Cafe Owner
Dorothy Porter Dorothy Porter ... Singer
Sam Hayes Sam Hayes ... Announcer
Dewey Robinson ... Bartender
Rory Mallinson ... Perkins
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Psychiatrist Dr. Michael Madden is visited by a man, Steve "Creepy" Bolin, wearing a weird checkered coat, and when Madden learns that Creepy is subject to death-like trances and the fear of being buried alive, Madden concludes Creepy is obviously a psychopath (at least, until a real one comes along)with possible criminal tendencies. When leaving, Creepy tells Madden he is a friend of the doctor's no-good brother Fred, while also throwing a few sinister-and-leering glances in the direction of Madden's wife Betty. Madden wastes no time in notifying the police to pick up Creepy, evidently on a general nuisance charge of looking like Dorian Gray. But Creepy is also sneaky and eludes the police and, when next seen, he and Fred are robbing the Anson Jewelry store across the street from Dr. Madden's office and he shoots and kills both the owner and his son in the process. Dr. Madden hears the shots and rushes over but is slugged by Creepy and he and no-good Fred carry off Madden in their ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IN ITS WEIRD DESIGN...weird emotions that drove him to kill!

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To ble diamanti See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tense, tension-fraught film
14 May 2002 | by artzauSee all my reviews

Who remembers hardly anyone in this film? Well, in 1948, these guys were still top of the heap. Tom Conway, film cad George Saunder's brother, was cast in a series of Falcon films and Hurd Hatfield is likely best remembered for his lead in the film version of Oscar Wilde's Portrait of Dorian Grey. But, this film is dark, dark and full of tension. I remember it after having seen it as an 11 year old kid in '48. It keeps you right on edge up to the ending. I've never seen it on the late show, but if it shows up, check it out. It will leave you on edge from the beginning to the final scenes.


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