Homicide for Three (1948)

vt An Interrupted Honeymoon; vt Whispers in the Dark
US / 60 minutes / bw / Republic Dir: George Blair Assoc Pr: Stephen Auer Scr: Bradbury Foote, Albert DeMond Story: A Puzzle for Puppets (1944) by Patrick Quentin Cine: John MacBurnie Cast: Audrey Long, Warren Douglas, Grant Withers, Lloyd Corrigan, Stephanie Bachelor, George Lynn, Tala Birell, Benny Baker, Joseph Crehan, Sid Tomack, Dick Elliott, Eddie Dunn, John Newland, Billy Curtis, Patsy Moran.

It’s a very long time since last I read Patrick Quentin’s A Puzzle for Puppets (1944), but as I recall it was a perfectly respectable little mystery novel. Unfortunately the geniuses at Republic chose to adapt it as a comedy mystery. The result is something that’s undoubtedly (mildly) entertaining throughout but that hardly satisfies someone in need of a Quentin/Duluths fix.

A year ago Peter (Douglas) and Iris Duluth (Long) married, but Peter was called off to naval service before they could spend their wedding night together. Now he’s been given a 36-hour furlough and the Duluths are combing LA for a hotel room for consummation purposes—a room that’s hard to find because there’s a convention in town.

Audrey Long as Iris Duluth.

They finally get a billet at the ultra-swanky Sherwood Hotel because a guest there, Mrs. Rose (Bachelor), better known in the circus world as Madame Collette, lends them Continue reading

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Women in the Night (1948)

vt When Men Are Beasts; vt Curse of a Teenage Nazi; vt Captured
US / 92 minutes / bw / Ansell, Film Classics, Republic Dir & Story: William Rowland Pr: Louis K. Ansell Scr: Maude Emily Glass, Ali M. Ipar, Robert St. Clair, Edwin V. Westrate, Arthur Jones, Louis K. Ansell Cine: Eugen Shuftan, Jose Ortiz Ramos Cast: Tala Birell, William Henry, Richard Loo, Virginia Christine, Bernadine Hayes (i.e., Bernadene Hayes), Gordon Richards, Frances Chung, Jean Brooks, Kathy Frye, Helen Mowery, Benson Fong, Helen Brown, Frederick Giermann, Phillip Ahn, Arno Frey, Beal Wong, Iris Flores, Frederic Brunn, Harry Hays Morgan, Paula Allen, Joy Gwynell, William Yetter Sr., Noel Cravat, Paul Ander.

How could your humble correspondent resist a movie that has the variant title Curse of a Teenage Nazi?

Germany has already lost the war in Europe, but the Pacific war rages on. In Shanghai, the German army maintains its officers’ club—complete with white crosses on the roof to deceived Allied bombers—as well as its hopes that the Reich might yet emerge triumphant, thanks to a secret weapon called (I’m going to get this over with early) the Cosmic Ray.

Virginia Christine as Claire Adams and Frances Chung as Li Ling.

(Look, aside from the idiotic naming of the Sekrit Wepping, this is quite a nifty little movie, all right?)

Obviously, given the situation, the Germans have to keep the Japanese sweet, so Colonel Von Meyer (Richards), the top local Nazi, promises Continue reading