I Killed That Man (November 28, 1941)
Released on November 28, 1941: A condemned man starts to tell who hired him but is mysteriously poisoned before he can reveal the name.
Produced by Maurice King
Directed by Phil Rosen
Written by Henry Bancroft, Leonard Fields and David Silverstein.
The Actors: Ricardo Cortez (Roger Phillips, District Attorney investigator), Joan Woodbury (Geri Reynolds), Pat Gleason (Bates), George Pembroke (Lowell King), Iris Adrian (Verne Drake), Herbert Rawlinson (the warden), Ralf Harolde (Nick Ross, the condemned), Jack Mulhall (Collins, investigator for D.A.), Vince Barnett (drunk), Gavin Gordon (J. Reed), John Hamilton (District Attorney), Harry Holman (Lanning), George P. Breakston (Tommy, the District Attorney's phone clerk), Lynton Brent (policeman), Don Brodie (reporter), Willy Castello (Thomas Gordon, King's butler), Arthur Gardner (reporter), Billy Nelson (warden's clerk), Cyril Ring (reporter), Fred Santley (news office worker), Lee Shumway (bartender)
The Man is Dead . . . Now, Everyone Take Off Your Clothes
If you murder a man who is minutes away from being fried in the Electric Chair, is it still murder, or did you just save the state some money?
Our murder mystery begins in prison on death row. An inmate is slowly being walked to the death chamber. In the death chamber are a group of people waiting for the arrival of the condemned man. Some of them are newspaper reporters, and the representative from the District Attorney’s office, and a couple of other invited visitors, all prepared to watch the condemned man fry in the electric chair.
When the condemned man and the prison warden reach the room with the electric chair, the warden asks the condemned man if he has any last words before being killed. This is where our murder mystery jumps into the strange and unexpected zone.
With a room full of people watching, the condemned man promises to tell them who ‘Mr. Big’ is – the man controlling crime in the city, and the man who paid him to commit murder. Unfortunately, before the condemned man can tell his story, he drops to the floor, very, very dead.
The District Attorney’s man, Roger Phillips, jumps to his feet and orders the guards to close the door to the death room, and then orders everyone present to take all of their clothes off. . . . . Honest . . . . I wouldn’t kid you about something as serious as murder in a room full of naked people! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
|Billy Nelson||Gavin Gordon|
|George P. Breakston||George P. Breakston|
|George P. Breakstone||George Pembroke|
|Harry Holman||Harry Holman|
|Harry Holman||Herbert Rawlinson|
|Herbert Rawlinson and Ralf Harolde||Herbert Rawlinson|
|Joan Woodbury||Joan Woodbury and Iris Adrian|
|Joan Woodbury||Lee Shumway and Vince Barnett|
|Pat Gleason||Pat Gleason|
|Pat Gleason and Ricardo Cortez|
Willy Castello and George Pembroke