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Cover Up (1949)

An insurance company investigator goes to a small town to probe into a case of supposed suicide. The natives are not very cooperative and some turn hostile, leading to suspicion of foul play.

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Alfred E. Green

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Jerome Odlum (original screenplay), Dennis O'Keefe (original screenplay) (as Jonathan Rix) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Bendix ... Sheriff Larry Best
Dennis O'Keefe ... Sam Donovan
Barbara Britton ... Anita Weatherby
Art Baker ... Stu Weatherby
Ann E. Todd ... Cathie Weatherby
Doro Merande ... Hilda
Virginia Christine ... Margaret Baker
Helen Spring Helen Spring ... Bessie Weatherby
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Mrs. Abbey
Henry Hall ... Mayor
Russell Arms ... Frank Baker (as Russell Armes)
Dan White ... Gabe
Paul E. Burns ... Mr. Abbey
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Blakely
Jamesson Shade Jamesson Shade ... Editor
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An insurance company investigator goes to a small town to probe into a case of supposed suicide. The natives are not very cooperative and some turn hostile, leading to suspicion of foul play.

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christmas | murder | See All (2) »

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Love Is Like Murder... when you're in... you're in deep!

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Film-Noir | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Intruder See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Strand Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The $20,000 insurance policy would equate to over $201,000 in 2017. See more »

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Both the insurance investigator and the sheriff assume that the recovered 9 mm Luger bullet had been fired by a German Luger pistol. In fact, there were several pistols in the 1940s that fired the 9 mm Luger cartridge, among them the Luger pistol, the Browning Hi-Power, and the Walther P-38. Even a ballistics expert couldn't determine the make and model of a pistol by merely glancing at a spent bullet with the naked eye. See more »

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This town isn't normal.
7 January 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Isurance investigator Sam Donovan (Dennis O'Keefe) arrives in a small town to look into an apparent suicide. Almost immediately he begins to suspect something's not quite right here, getting no hope from the police, the absence of the gun, and no coroner's report, the evidence points to foul play, but can Sam get to the bottom of it?

Neither bad nor especially good, Cover Up is the sort of Saturday afternoon picture that TV schedulers put on as a precursor to the main event. Very nice and intriguing mystery (backed up by a cool denouement) and characters nicely played by a capable bunch of pros. O'Keefe is fine and plays out nicely as a sort of Insurance Mackintosh Sam Spade, William Bendix is underused but adds a touch of credibility to proceedings, while Barbara Britton is the shining light of the film with a very watchable performance. Clocking in at just 82 minutes, Cover Up does just enough to have made it worth your relatively short viewing time. And it's set at Christmas as well! 5/10


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