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The French Key (1946)

Approved | | Mystery, Thriller | 18 May 1946 (USA)
Private detective Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick Sam Cragg skip out on their rented room, but when they sneak back to retrieve their luggage, they discover a dead body on the bed, holding... See full summary »

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Walter Colmes

Writers:

Frank Gruber (screenplay), Frank Gruber (based on novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Albert Dekker ... Johnny Fletcher
Mike Mazurki ... Sam Cragg
Evelyn Ankers ... Janet Morgan
John Eldredge ... John Holterman
Frank Fenton ... Horatio Vedder
Selmer Jackson ... Walter Winslow
Byron Foulger ... Peabody
Joe DeRita ... Detective Fox
Marjorie Manners ... Betty Winslow
David Gorcey ... Eddie Miller
Archie Twitchell ... Murdock (as Michael Branden)
Sammy Stein ... Percy
Alan Ward Alan Ward ... Madigan
Walter Soderling ... George Polson
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Desk Clerk
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Private detective Johnny Fletcher and his sidekick Sam Cragg skip out on their rented room, but when they sneak back to retrieve their luggage, they discover a dead body on the bed, holding a gold coin in its hand. Fletcher is told by a coin collector that the piece is an old and valuable Spanish coin, but Fletcher soon begins to suspect that the man is himself involved in the murder. Fletcher's investigation leads to he and Sam getting caught up in a murder and gold smuggling scheme. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Moeda Traiçoeira See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goldilocks and the 3 bears
1 February 2012 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Mike Mazurki (Sam) recounts the story that starts off with a French key. The key had been put into the keyhole of his and room-mate Albert Dekker's (Johnny) room by the landlord and then deliberately broken off in the keyhole so that they could not return due to unpaid rent. They manage to get back into the room only to find a dead body and a gold coin. So begins the mystery.

The cast play the film as a comedy and there is the occasional humorous moment but there are also plenty of dumb, silly segments that try to pass as humour. Detective Joe DeRita (Fox) is a stereotypically stupid investigator who looks like the fat one out of Abbott and Costello. It's actually a pretty poor show when he ends up being the best thing about the film. The story is just not very interesting and Albert Dekker doesn't cut it in the leading role.


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