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The Unknown (1946)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Mystery | 4 July 1946 (USA)
The daughter of a strange famiy has returned after a long time to the family estate. She has two investigators checking out the eerie goings-on on the estate's spooky mansion.

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Carlton E. Morse (based upon the original radio program "I Love a Mystery" written by), Malcolm Stuart Boylan (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karen Morley ... Rachel Martin Arnold
Jim Bannon ... Jack Packard
Jeff Donnell ... Nina Arnold
Mark Roberts ... Reed Cawthorne (as Robert Scott)
Robert Wilcox ... Richard Arnold
Barton Yarborough Barton Yarborough ... Doc Long
James Bell ... Edward Martin
Wilton Graff ... Ralph Martin
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... Phoebe Martin
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Storyline

Story takes place over a span of years and a lot happens before Jack Packard and 'Doc" Long show up, or is explained after they make their entrance: A girl marries against the wishes of her parents, the parents argue about it, the father is killed, the girl loses her mind, and the mother goes away and pretends to be dead. Years later, the daughter of the insane woman (she had gotten married, and pregnant)returns to the old family homestead, and is not welcomed with open arms, as this family has several closets containing skeletons...from around the world. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Nothing but MURDER to keep the...Secret! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coffin See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Working title: "The Coffin" See more »

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Follows The Devil's Mask (1946) See more »

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Familiar ingredients but still better than average programmer...
7 November 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Although there's a little too much Southern exposition to set the stage for a present day story, THE UNKNOWN is a better than average programmer in the Columbia studio's "I Love A Mystery" series. Getting to the heart of the story takes up too much time at the start, but once the story starts dealing with the mysterious things going on in an old Southern mansion, it keeps building interest until the mystery is solved.

The cast is an interesting one, even though there are hardly any big names involved. KAREN MORLEY is the troubled woman on the brink of madness, ROBERT WILCOX is her lover who has been banished from the grounds, JIM BANNON is Jack Packard, the detective, and BARTON YARBOROUGH is again his partner. JEFF DONNELL is the lady who stands to win an inheritance and MARK ROBERTS is the young lawyer designated to read the will.

All of it is directed in nimble style by Henry Levin, an old hand at these sort of programmers and, despite the low budget, given some handsome settings.

Summing up: Gets off to a slow start but gradually builds interest.


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