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Herbert J. Biberman
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William Cameron Menzies,
A radio detective sets out to solve an old murder case, with the help of her sound man and another radio detective. They manage to talk to the people involved in the case, but shortly afterwards the main suspects turn up dead.
Police Commissioner Thatcher Colt (Adolph Menjou) sets out to discover who murdered Lois Carewe (Mayo Methot), a tough nightclub hostess, and how, for she had been given police protection ever since receiving a written warning she won't live a minute past midnight on New Year's Eve. The murder "weapon" turns out to be a deadly scorpion...administered by.....watch the film to find out who.Written by
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This film is a chance to see the 3rd Mrs. Bogart, May Methot....a woman whose fights with her famous husband are the stuff of legends. Back in the early 30s, Mayo was a star but her off-screen behaviors soon relegated her to supporting actress status.
When the story begins, someone has informed party girl Lola (Methot) that she will be dead by midnight. Just who this is an why is unknown and the Police Commissioner himself (Adolph Menjou) is taking the case. Apart from announcing the murder ahead of time, it's a mostly by the numbers murder mystery...the type they made by the hundreds or thousands during that era. Ultimately, however, the film ends on a high note...a shrill and thrilling Pre-Code ending that I'll keep to myself so I won't spoil anything.
Having the smooth Menjou in the lead sure didn't hurt this one and overall it's well worth your time. It is not super-remarkable but reasonably entertaining and, at times, clever.
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