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Haunted House (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 22 July 1940 (USA)
Teenagers try to clear a friend accused of murder.

Director:

Robert F. McGowan (as Robert McGowan)

Writers:

Jack Leonard (story), Monte Collins (story) (as Monty Collins) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jackie Moran ... Jimmie Atkins
Marcia Mae Jones ... Mildred 'Millie' Henshaw
George Cleveland ... Albert Henshaw
Christian Rub ... Olaf Jensen
Henry Hall ... Cyrus W. 'Cy' Burton
John St. Polis ... Simkins
Clarence Wilson ... Eph, Service Station Owner
Mary Carr ... Grandma
Jessie Arnold ... Mrs. Emily Henshaw
Hooper Atchley ... Prosecuting Attorney
Marcelle Ray Marcelle Ray ... Lucy Peters
Buddy Swan Buddy Swan ... Junior Henshaw (as Buddy Swann)
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Jimmie, the Brownsville Bugle's office boy, and Millie, niece of editor Henshaw, turn amateur detectives in order to help a friend who is accused of murder. With more zeal than direction, they pick the owner of a gas station as the killer, and when he turns out to be innocent, Henshaw fires Jimmie. The two go on searching and next suspect Lawyer Cy Burton but have no conclusive evidence and are about to give up when Millie finds a clue that leads to the hidden fortune of the murdered Mrs. Blake. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 26 April 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Monday 6 March 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Friday 10 November 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Story of teens searching for a murderer makes for an almost good movie
16 January 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is the story of two kids who try to get their friend Olaf cleared of murder charges. Olaf worked for a rich old lady who turned up dead. Despite Olaf being a jovial guy he appears to be the only suspect and so was brought up on charges. Jimmy and Millie are the only two people who believe in their friends innocence and so begin to snoop around and find out that all is not as it seems.

I somehow think this film seemed nostalgic even in 1940 when it came out. This is very much a period piece who's period has long gone. It seems aimed at the juvenile market than the adult market. The mystery, while strong is hampered by the gosh, gee attitude of the kids, who seem stuck somewhere around twelve despite being old enough to drive. The friction between the adult murder mystery and the childishness and imaginativeness of much of the proceedings make for an odd mix where everyone loses.I know that sounds like a stupid reason for not liking the movie, but if you saw the film you'd probably understand what I was getting at.

This is one of those films that almost works but doesn't quite do so. By almost working it doesn't quite reach the level of watchablity and so falls into the pit of "why am I bothering". This isn't to say that the film is a total write off, its not (the mystery in a different frame work would be great), its just the whole thing doesn't quite work the way it should. If you run across it and are curious try it it may strike you differently,


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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