The Missing Corpse (June 1, 1945)
Released on June 1, 1945: Murder was never so funny - Newspaper owner Henry Kruger finds the body of his rival in the trunk of his car, but it disappears, getting discovered and lost again several times by the rest of his family.
Directed by Albert Herman
Written by Harry O. Hoyt and Raymond L. Schrock.
The Actors: J. Edward Bromberg (Henry Kruger), Isabel Randolph (Alice Kruger), Frank Jenks (Mack Hogan), Eric Sinclair (James Kruger), Paul Guilfoyle (Andy McDonald), Ben Welden ('Slippery Joe' Clary), Charles Coleman (Egbert), Eddy Waller (Desmond), Elayne Adams (McDonald's secretary), Mary Arden (Madge), Bess Flowers (office worker), Charles Jordan (Officer Draper), Anne O'Neal (Mrs. Swonaker, lunch counter lady), Jean Ransome (Marie), John Shay (Jeffry Dodd), Lorell Sheldon (Phyllis Kruger), Ken Terrell (arresting officer), Archie Twitchell (Officer Jimmy Trigg), Isabel Withers (Miss Patterson).
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My favorite movies are comedies, and murder mysteries . . . and when you can get them both in the same film, it is a jolly good white kernel popcorn eating afternoon. Until now Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace, with Cary Grant, was the best example that I could find of this blend of comedy and murder. But this movie, made a year after Capra's classic, is, in my humble opinion, much better written and performed. See if you don't agree.
Henry Kruger is a wealthy newspaper publisher who has a family that takes him for granted, and a rival newspaper owner who is nothing but trouble for our good friend Henry. So when the rival newspaper owner is killed, and his body turns up in the trunk of Henry's car, Henry and his chauffeur Mike decide to get rid of the body so that Henry isn't framed for the murder. But this body is really difficult to get rid of . . . it keeps getting discovered by various people and then disappearing, only to turn up somewhere else. And the nosy cop who is usually just steps away from the body but never finds it will make your heart stop for a moment every time you think that the jig is up. Grab the whole family and enjoy the funniest murder mystery that you ever saw!
|J. Edward Bromberg and Frank Jenks||Anne O'Neal|
|Archie Twitchell||Ben Welden|
|Charles Coleman||Eric Sinclair and J. Edward Bromberg|
|Frank Jenks||Isabel Randolph|
|The family||Isabel Withers|
|J. Edward Bromberg||J. Edward Bromberg and Ben Welden|
|Paul Guilfoyle||John Shay|
|Lorell Sheldon and Eric Sinclair|