Rogues Gallery (December 6, 1944)
Released on December 6, 1944: A wise-cracking newspaper reporter and a newspaper photographer stumble across a phantom killer while reporting on a new secret electronic listening machine.
Produced by Albert Herman and Donald C. McKean
Directed by Albert Herman
Written by John T. Neville
The Actors: Frank Jenks (Eddie Porter), Robin Raymond (Patsy Clark), H.B. Warner (Professor Reynolds), Ray Walker (Jimmie Foster), Davison Clark (John Foster), Robert Homans (Police Lieutenant Daniel O'Day), Frank McGlynn Sr. (Blake), Pat Gleason (Red, rewrite newspaper man), Edward Keane (newspaper city editor Gentry), Earle S. Dewey (Eddie Griffith, board member), Milton Kibbee (Wheeler, board member), Gene Roth (Mr. Joyce, board member), George Kirby (Duckworth the butler), Norval Mitchell (Joe Seawell, electronics expert), John Valentine (board member), Jack Raymond (night watchman Mike), Parker Gee (police detective with O'Day)
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Phantom Killer Strikes in Dark
It is 1944 and people can speak to each other over long distances using the latest electronics invention, Alexander Bell Telephones. Of course, 1944 is the modern era, so people all over the country can also hear news and entertainment on their radio set, thanks to special high-powered broadcast stations. Scientists are also experimenting with a new device called television. But no one can listen in on a conversation in a random home or office that is miles away . . . . Until Professor Reynolds’ new electronic invention.
This new machine can be tuned to any spot on earth and the voices at that location can be heard loud and clear through the large speaker mounted on the wall. The world is about to become much smaller, with much less privacy . . . . If the professor and his machine can survive the phantom killer.
As our adventure opens newspaper reporters Patsy and Eddie are trying to get an exclusive interview with the professor, but not having much luck. Fortunately, they are at the professor’s laboratory when a phantom killer knocks the professor out cold and steals the blueprints for the secret listening machine.
As luck would have it, Eddie and Patsy chase the fleeing killer and when he drops the secret plans they pick them up. Of course, this makes them a target for murder, but when the killer next aims at Patsy, she ducks and some poor sap standing behind her gets killed.
The cops are clueless, and we are also, but not to worry, this isn’t a crime adventure where we must note carefully every small clue. There is enough comedy supplied by the lady reporter who often cracks wise, and her sandwich-short-of-a-picnic photographer partner. All we need to do is roll with the action and smile as the dead body appears and disappears. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Robin Raymond and Frank Jenks
Davison Clark and Robin Raymond
Davison Clark and George Kirby
Earle S. Dewey
Frank Jenks and H.B. Warner
H.B. Warner and Robin Raymond
Jack Raymond, Robin Raymond and Frank Jenks
John Valentine and Davison Clark
Robert Homans and Ray Walker
Robert Homans and Ray Walker
Robert Raymond and Frank Jenks
Frank Jenks, Robin Raymond and Edward Keane