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The Hidden Hand (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Horror, Mystery | 7 November 1942 (USA)
Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to ... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

Anthony Coldeway (screenplay) (as Anthony Coldewey), Raymond L. Schrock (screenplay) (as Raymond Schrock) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Peter Thorne
Elisabeth Fraser ... Mary Winfield
Julie Bishop ... Rita Channing
Willie Best ... Eustis the Chauffeur
Frank Wilcox ... Dr. Lawrence Channing
Cecil Cunningham ... Lorinda Channing
Ruth Ford ... Estelle Channing
Milton Parsons ... John Channing
Roland Drew ... Walter Channing
Tom Stevenson Tom Stevenson ... Horace Channing
Marian Hall Marian Hall ... Nurse Eleanor Stevens
Inez Gay Inez Gay ... Hattie (as Inez Gary)
Kam Tong ... Mallo
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Storyline

Peter Thorne (Craig Stevens)is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing (Cecil Cunningham), who uses her insane brother, John Channing (Milton Parsons), to frighten her other relatives because they are after her money. Further complications arrive when another murderer arrives on the scene and plants the blame on John Channing. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche de terror See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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(1934). Stage Play: Invitation to a Murder. Mystery/melodrama. Written by Rufus King. Directed by A.H. Van Buren. Theatre Masque: 17 May 1934- Jul 1934 (closing sate unknown/53 performances). Cast: Walter Abel (as "Dr. Linton"), Humphrey Bogart (as "Horatio Channing"), Edgar Charles, Sherling Oliver, Walter Plinge, Jane Seymour, James Shelburne, Gale Sondergaard (as "Lorinda Channing"), William Valentine, Juan Varro, Daphne Warren-Wilson. Produced by Ben Stein. Note: Filmed by Warner Bros. as The Hidden Hand (1942). See more »

Quotes

Detective: I almost remembered where I'd seen you before, and it wasn't London.
John Channing: Are you sure about that?
Detective: Well it might've been London, except I was never there.
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A "Grade A" B-Mystery Short
4 November 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

A somewhat warped old lady, played by Cecil Cunningham, yes that's the actress' name, has a will giving the bulk of her estate to her personal secretary, in order that her greedy and selfish family not get their grubby hands on her money. Her brother has just escaped from an insane asylum and heads for home. Such begins a creepy and very morbid film, as bodies start dropping like flies. Willie Best is on hand as the chauffeur who is giving his usual wide-eyed and jumpy performance at all things spooky. Future "Peter Gunn" star Craig Stevens costars and Milton Parsons gives a particularly chilling and unforgettable performance as the crazy escapee. With hidden money, trapdoors, crevices, and clues to find it all, this film has everything you'd want for a macabre night of thrills and chills. A very complicated and intricate plot keeps the viewer glued to their seat and holding on for dear life. This film delivers like none other for a dark, rainy night. Just turn a light on afterwards, and watch your back....


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