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Cover Up (February 25, 1949)

Barbara Britton, Dennis O'Keefe
 

Released on February 25, 1949: (running time 1 hour and 24 minutes) An Insurance Investigator discovers that what the whole town calls a suicide is actually a murder.

Produced by Ted Nasser and Dennis O'Keefe

Directed by Alfred E. Green

The Actors: William Bendix (Sheriff Larry Best), Dennis O'Keefe (Sam Donovan, Insurance Investigator), Barbara Britton (Anita Weatherby), Art Baker (Stuart Weatherby, bank president), Ann E. Todd (Cathie Weatherby), Doro Merande (Hilda, Weatherby maid), Virginia Christine (Margaret Baker), Helen Spring (Bessie Weatherby), Ruth Lee (Mrs. Abbey), Henry Hall (mayor), Russell Arms (Frank Baker), Dan White (Gabe, Deputy Sheriff), Paul E. Burns (Mr. Abbey), Emmett Vogan (Blakely, Insurance Company Executive), Jamesson Shade (newspaper editor), Jack Lee (Addison, bus driver), Hank Worden (undertaker), George McDonald (boy in movie theater), Ivan Bell (townsman), Franklyn Farnum (man on platform at Christmas tree lighting), Ben Hall (printer), Jeffrey Sayre (theater patron), Bert Stevens (townsman)

 

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Christmas Joy, Romance, and Murder, in a Very Small Town

Persistence and Patience. Not many Hollywood actors have appeared in more than 180 movies, but between 1930 and 1937 Bud Flanigan was in 180 movies, all bit parts except for two small speaking roles that he got a screen credit for. Anyone else might have traded movies for selling cars or something with more of a future. Then in 1937 he got an uncredited bit part in a movie starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, and Lionel Barrymore.

After filming that movie, Clark Gable went to the execs at MGM and told them that they should offer young Bud Flanigan starring roles. He had the square-cut jaw and piercing eyes, along with an easy-going, happy personality. Soon Bud Flanigan was turned into Dennis O’Keefe, and his uncredited appearances in motion pictures were finished.

In this Christmas murder mystery that Dennis O'Keefe produced and starred in, he is Sam Donovan, an insurance investigator going to a small town to investigate a suicide by a policy holder. It shouldn’t take him more than a few hours to get the report from the police and the coroner and be on his way. Christmas is in a couple of days and a strange small town is the last place he wanted to spend Christmas.

Unfortunately, he discovers that the gun that the suicide victim used is missing. The bullets are missing, and the body is already deep in the ground. The Sheriff has not even begun a report on the death, and the coroner is out of town for the holidays and has not written his report. So Sam is stuck in this small town where everyone seems to be trying to forget about the dead man.

Fortunately, Sam met a beautiful young lady on the way into town, and while he investigates what seems to be murder instead of suicide, he can also begin to visit and fall in love with the young lady he met on the way into town. Hopefully the killer will not turn out to be her father. That would not make for a pleasant Christmas, would it? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

William Bendix
William Bendix
Ann E. Todd
Ann E. Todd
Ann E. Todd, Barbara Britton
Ann E. Todd, Barbara Britton
Art Baker
Art Baker
Art Baker, Ann E. Todd
Art Baker, Ann E. Todd
Art Baker, Barbara Britton, Doro Merande
Art Baker, Barbara Britton, Doro Merande
Art Baker, Dennis O'Keefe
Art Baker, Dennis O'Keefe
Art Baker
Art Baker
Art Baker
Art Baker
Barbara Britton
Barbara Britton
Barbara Britton, Art Baker
Barbara Britton, Art Baker
Barbara Britton, Dennis O'Keefe
Barbara Britton, Dennis O'Keefe
Barbara Britton, Dennis O'Keefe
Barbara Britton, Dennis O'Keefe
Barbara Britton
Barbara Britton
Dan White
Dan White
Dan White, William Bendix
Dan White, William Bendix
Virginia Christine, Russell Arms
Virginia Christine, Russell Arms
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keefe, Art Baker
Dennis O'Keefe, Art Baker
Dennis O'Keefe, Barbara Britton
Dennis O'Keefe, Barbara Britton
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keefe
Doro Merande
Doro Merande
Doro Merande
Doro Merande
Emmett Vogan
Emmett Vogan
George McDonald
George McDonald
Helen Spring
Helen Spring
Jack Lee
Jack Lee
Jamesson Shade
Jamesson Shade
Paul E. Burns
Paul E. Burns
Russell Arms
Russell Arms
Virginia Christine
Virginia Christine
Virginia Christine, Dennis O'Keefe
Virginia Christine, Dennis O'Keefe
William Bendix
William Bendix
Willliam Bendix
Willliam Bendix