Midnight Manhunt (July 27, 1945)

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Midnight Manhunt
 

Released on July 27, 1945: A girl reporter finds the body of a long-missing gangster on the stairs to her apartment and hides him in a wax museum until she can write the story, but the body keeps disappearing.

Produced by William C. Thomas and William H. Pine

Directed by William C. Thomas

The Actors: William Gargan (Pete Willis), Ann Savage (Sue Gallagher, reporter), Leo Gorcey (Clutch Tracy), George Zucco (Jelke), Paul Hurst (Policeman Murphy), Don Beddoe (Detective Leutenant Max Hurley), Charles Halton (Henry Miggs), George E. Stone (Joe Wells), Robert Barron (cop with Hurley), Edgar Dearing (Police desk Sergeant), Mike Donovan (the court warden), Pat Gleason (the Police Dispatcher), Paul Harvey (Mr. McAndrews, the night editor), and Ben Welden (the hotel manager)

 

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The Card-Playing Corpse or Dead Man's Bluff

Gangster Joe Wells has been missing for over five years. The cops think that a rival gangster must have knocked him off. No gangster stays out of sight for five years . . . He must be dead. As our adventure opens a tall, mean-looking gangster quietly walks down the hallway of a flea-bag hotel and stops at room 122. He presses his ear to the door and listens for any sounds, and then quietly knocks on the door.

The man inside the hotel room opens the door and stands wide-eyed as the gangster pulls out a pistol and shoots him. The man in the hotel room drops to the floor as the gangster turns and leaves his hotel room. As we watch, the man lying on the hotel room floor staggers to his feet, walking out of the hotel in into the alley. The dying man staggers into the alley, walking to the doorway of . . . The Last Gangster Wax Museum!

Inside the Wax Museum girl reporter Sue Gallagher is complaining that her career is going nowhere. She rents the room above the wax museum and is on her way home for the evening. A policeman is on the phone to headquarters claiming that he saw gangster Joe Wells in the back alley with a couple of bullets in him . . . But Joe Wells hasn't been seen for over five years and everyone is sure he died long ago. When the cop hangs up and goes back to the alley where he saw gangster Joe Wells, he discovers that the dying gangster is gone.

Girl reporter Sue Gallagher walks to the back of the museum and starts climbing the stairs to her second floor apartment, and she stumbles over the dead body of gangster Joe Wells. Will she scream? Of course not! She realizes that she has found the missing gangster and if she can write the story of his death her newspaper career will be back on track. The girl reporter goes back into the now empty wax museum and pulls a wax mannequin from a display and replaces it with the dead body of the missing gangster.

The body will be safe and undetected in the card game display until she has written her story and can take all the credit for discovering the long, lost gangster. Unfortunately, the man who shot the gangster follows the blood-stained trail to the girl's upstairs apartment and forces her to show him the body of the gangster. This leads to that, and by the time the killer goes downstairs to make sure that the gangster is really dead . . . . there is no trace of the wounded gangster.

Gangster, gangster . . . Who's got the gangster? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

George Zucco and Ann Savage
George Zucco and Ann Savage
George Zucco and George E. Stone
George Zucco and George E. Stone
Ann Savage
Ann Savage
Ann Savage and Charles Halton
Ann Savage and Charles Halton
Ann Savage and George Zucco
Ann Savage and George Zucco
Ann Savage and William Gargan
Ann Savage and William Gargan
Ann Savage and George Zucco
Ann Savage and George Zucco
Ann Savage
Ann Savage
Ann Savage
Ann Savage
Charles Halton
Charles Halton
Charles Halton
Charles Halton
Don Beddoe and Ben Welden
Don Beddoe and Ben Welden
Don Beddoe, Paul Hurst and William Gargan
Don Beddoe, Paul Hurst and William Gargan
Don Beddoe and Robert Barron
Don Beddoe and Robert Barron
Edgar Dearing
Edgar Dearing
Edgar Dearing
Edgar Dearing
George Zucco
George Zucco
George Zucco and Ann Savage
George Zucco and Ann Savage
George Zucco
George Zucco
Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcy and Paul Hurst
Leo Gorcy and Paul Hurst
Leo Gorcey and William Gargan
Leo Gorcey and William Gargan
Leo Gorcey
Leo Gorcey
Paul Harvey
Paul Harvey
Paul Harvey
Paul Harvey
Paul Hurst
Paul Hurst
William Gargan and Don Beddoe
William Gargan and Don Beddoe
William Gargan and Ann Savage
William Gargan and Ann Savage